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What are the three main points in Me Talk Pretty One Day?

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The primary message that David Sedaris shares with his readers is to “be yourself.” David spent a lot of time worrying about fitting in, even though he knew that the class was an arbitrary collection of people with whom he did not need to interact outside the classroom setting. Each of them had a distinct reason for being there, and his reason was sufficient to justify his desire to improve his language skills. Initially, however, he questioned the validity of his presence in the class. Once he stopped questioning his own motives, his ability to understand improved considerably.

Another key point we can take away from Sedaris’s experience is that language is only one part of culture. Even though it is an important part, there are many other dimensions of culture that one must master in order to become comfortable in speaking a language, let alone gain fluency.

Part of David’s discomfort stemmed from his idea that as an American, he stuck out in a room full of Europeans. He thinks...

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