Educators at Lucy Laney Elementary honor the home dialect of students at a school where 90 percent of kids are African American. African American Vernacular English, or AAVE, refers to the distinctive dialect historically spoken by African Americans, a style formerly known as Ebonics.
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  1. the correct version of saying "finna" isn't "about to," it's "fixing to." If he said "I'm fixing to go do this" that would just be a southern way of speaking.

  2. Every language has its so called literature form. Which is considerd the most elegant form of that particular language and There are dialects that are regional or belong to some ethnic or national minority that uses that language. The literature for of a particular language is the „official” form of a particular language. Funny enough the literature english is probably Brittish English and thus everything ealse is a „dialect” of english. Not sure if i understood it correctly AAVE is a dialect of the southern dialect which in itself is a dialect of american english which is a dialect of Literature English. Ironically the most understandable english dialect for foreighners is Swedish English. Does anyone know are there some remnance of French in New Orleans English?

  3. If anyone is interested in this dialect and wants to learn the fascinating merging of (generally West) African languages and grammar with Standard American English, I’d suggest giving the wikipedia page a look – it’s got some fantastic explanations of all of the rules and differences, as well as how AAVE has influenced Standard American English, and the accent that comes with it.

  4. If you want to be understood by others, especially foreigners, standard English is necessary. There's no need for a value judgement or charging the discussion with leftist politics, as the guy in the interview did. AAVE is a beautiful dialect. LOTS of languages have beautiful dialects and their speakers of those dialects have to adjust in order to be understood by the wider world. So you're not doing justice to children if you don't teach them to speak in a language that is widely understood – e.g. standard North American English. 

    Speakers of Swiss German are not ashamed of their dialect, they're proud of it. But they realise that almost nobody outside of German-speaking Switzerland understands it. And that's why they're taught standard German in school. The same goes for Belgians dialects of Dutch as well as MANY other iterations of many other languages. So appreciate and be proud of AAVE and teach the kids to communicate in standard English at the same. In a globalised workforce, they will need standard English to communicate with non-native English speakers who don't understand it.

  5. How can 'English' be challenging when he's been taught only one type of English in school? Kids that have English ads a second language at home STILL have to learn English. Standard English?
    Why can an Asian child speak proper Standard English while starting with a different language; but these African American children can speak a variation of English even if English is their mother tongue.
    Re-train teachers? How about demand more from their English instructors and keep them to the same standards as EVERYONE else.

  6. AAVE is a very strict dialect with set rules and grammar it’s not broken because white people can’t speak AAVE at all and when they appropriate it it’s not spoken properly. It’s not slang or Ebonics. This language is passed from our ancestors in chattel slavery. We do have slang but that is ever changing and AAVE is not.

  7. Someone should make a sketch about them hiring a white teacher and having them talk AAVE as to not alienate the black kids, but only talk like that when they are talking to the black kids.

  8. Just because a certain way of talking is popular does not mean it’s proper English. If uneducated white people speak improperly we don’t make excuses for them and cater to them

  9. hey,,,,,,,love from india…… i love aave ….i love Ebonics…… that accent is so cool….dope…. i am so desperate to learn Ebonics , but there is no way ..i can accomplish…..and end up learning that…… someone please help me…..

  10. AAVE needs to be taught just as standard English is, so their peers grow up learning to to view AAVE as incorrect English but rather as another dialect. I don’t hear Scottish people talking in random words I’ve never heard with a wildly different sentence structure and assume it’s incorrect. I assume they just speak differently and that’s that. But because of the way English is taught in the states, I’m conditioned to hear AAVE, or similar dialects, and think it’s improper grammar and have to suppress my desire to correct it.
    I really enjoyed this video, I think more people should adapt the principles in place at that school.

  11. I still think it's weird they don't show a lot of AAVE in this video though. It's hard to make any judgements on whether it's intelligible or not based on just two words, ax and finna. It's like telling people about "wee" and "am'nt" and then immediately asking them how they feel about Scottish English right afterwards.

  12. Finna do something isn't really that different than fixinta do something. And as someone who's around white southern people all the time, fixinta is a pretty commonly used word. The judgement for using different dialect or "slang" is just based on who you like and dislike. It's shameful that we're still like this. Well, at least some of us.

  13. Okay, so for those of you that don’t quite understand…basically they’re trying to say African American slang is a legitimate dialect, it’s not, it’s slang and will not help you in any kind of academic setting.