Day 1: I was at a restaurant with my friends and I had to code switch from ordering in a professional way compared to the casual way I was speaking to my friends.
Day 2: I was working and a tourist needed my help at the register. I had started speaking my broken Spanish to the customer to try and help them out to the best of my ability.
Day 3: I was selling shoes to this guy. I noticed that I started using a lot of sneaker terms when I was speaking, it just felt like I had accidentally code switched and that I wouldn’t have noticed if not for this assignment.
Day 4: One of my managers started to get disrespectful with me. Usually I keep it professional, but she was saying out of pocket and unprofessional comments. So I had code switched and I stood up for myself and my respect and I said what I had to say.
Day 5: I was taking the train home and I was on the phone with someone. While I was on the phone, this guy had asked for help for directions. I instantly changed the way I spoke to the person asking for directions and the person on the phone.
Day 6: When I got home from work, I was greeted by my mother. She asked me how my day was and I was explaining it to her while changing from speaking English to Vietnamese at the same time.
Day 7: After I was done with school, I met up with one of my friends from outside of school. In school, I speak to my peers differently than I would speak to my close friends. I speak more and I feel less restricted because I’ve already known them for so long.