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Is There A Such Thing As Being Too Americanized?

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about nigerian american people being called americanized? and what is being too americanized?

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Being "Americanized" is normal.It's a human trait called adaptation but the one wey i no understand na person wey spend three months on visitation for dia come begin speak heavily-laced-newly found-Igbotic-new yorkers accent for me.Dat one hard to comprehend.Computer becomes "Cumpurra".Water becomes "Warra".

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of course there is such thing. you are definitely Americanized. lol

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Many of my relatives feel that I have become too Americanized since I've been here. . . .I kind of think so too. I just tell them I am trying to assimilate into my new surroundings.

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Well lets put it this way my Aunt had a supervisor that is Igbo. He & his wife were born and raised in Nigeria. They came to America had children. The children are first generation Nigerians. The parents gave their children American names, they go to white churches and refuse to teach their children their language. The reason why is because the kids do not reside in Nigeria. Another thing is that when there is a Nigerian party the wife refuses to wear her native clothes like the other women. She states that she is American and that she doesn't wear those clothes. My Aunt got the impression that the wife thought she was better then her fellow Nigerians.

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lolllllllll negro, slum hoodrat indeed

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Yes, there is. If you travel to a different culture and live for a decent amount of time in that culture you will be changed in spite of yourself. However, there are individuals who are easily impressionable. These types are also the ones that panic easily when faced with a challenging situation. The immediate response in them is to alter a situation within the psyche so that a new reality can be accomodated and adapted to more rapidly. The definition and expectation of success in Nigeria is wrong. We view success as the individual ability to imitate foreign values, especially western ones. So a Nigerian with a foreign western accent is perceived as a successful person and is paraded around the village with pride. This sets bad example and a wrong model for those with dreams to travel to Europe and America.

On arrival, the influence of their new environment may force them to quickly abandon their own familiar ways for the new and unfamiliar way of doing things. The goal is to be the new hero when they return back home, looking, speaking and stunting like a white man. The adaptation is done more for its utilitarian benefit, than for its practical purpose. They force very hard to sound phonetically foreign, they carry a hard image and easily throw out vain and vulgar words in simple communication and so on. At the end of the day, all they have truly learnt is habits that the mainstream society of their host country disapproves of; slangs and bangs. The irony of it all is that the new hero of our village is a replica image of the slum hoodrat in America and Europe.

Far from this, there are truly Americanized ways that can be employed to our benefits to gain access into the mainstream of global economy and socialization.

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I love and prefer African things over American things.

I very happy my parents named me an Igbo name and I tell them that.

I try to make sure Americans pronoun my name.

I took the time to learn American names so they should take the time to learn my name.

Born and raised in America

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Me I no sabi "americanize" my tongue o. E go cut.

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it does really matter if ur name iz not written on it

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its not bad but people dat begg 2 speak dat way is gay because they gana sound so fake

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I love Liberian food but the states is more to my liking.

Liberian Clothes? they are all imported from the states or china.

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Liberia must have some shitty food and clothes if you perfer The States'

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There is nothing wrong with being americanized.

I understand what you mean though. My Little Cousin Mami and Noel speak better American English then me and they are very young. The last time i called them i couldn't believe it was them. They were not even born in the states. They were born in Ghana but talks like they were born here.

The Young people get americanized really fast. When i came to the states, i got americanized in 6 months. When i talk people think i am from New York because i have the thick New York accent. I try to tell them i am from west Africa but they find it hard to believe.

I also prefer American things over African things. Ex Food,TV, Movies, Clothes, etc

My Brothers are so americanized i think they forgot how to speak Liberian language.

To tell you the truth, being americanized is not a hard thing.

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don't worry with that THICK accent, it won't work

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I've met few people especially girls that I'll describe as that! speak Igbo or pigin to them, they go begin big grammer!

I know one crazy girl like that and believe it or not, its not even 3yrs she got off the plane

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