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Friday, February 25, 2011

Is There An Online Course For This?

Do you speak teen?

Would you like to learn?

According to this article, there is a language barrier that is responsible for the communication void between teenagers and their parents.

To help, two phychologists co-authored a book titled  Teenage as a Second Language:  A Parent’s Guide to Becoming Bilingual. The book suggests that learning to speak "teen" is the same as learning to speak French or Spanish.

Need examples?

1. ) "Whatever"

•An expression that implies that a teen may give in but is not really interested in what is being said
•An attempt to be dismissive in as few words as possible.

Suggested Parental Response: Leave this alone. Do not let your own concern that your teen may be less than thrilled create an unnecessary controversy.
3.) "Fine"

•I will reluctantly consent, but not with pleasure.
•An intentionally vague description used when teenager clearly has no interest in providing further detail.

Suggested Parental Response: None needed. You have made your wishes known.

You need a book to tell you this? I remember being a teenager. It was like someone injected an overdose of hormones into my veins and left me to fend for myself in the desert without any water. It was awful. Of course I didn't know how to communicate my feelings. There were far too many of them happening at one time for even me to know what they were. Plus, at this age you are trying to learn how to think rationally and communicate reasonably. While dealing with a Sasquatch of emotional clusterfuck.

Need advice on how to deal with your teenage monster? Ask your mom how you acted when you were that age and see if she answers with, "Oh we read a book on how to communicate with you and everything was a field of sunshine and smiles from then on."

This article did leave me with a few unanswered questions overall. Is it called Teeneze, Teenish or Teenan? And can I get this through Rosetta Stone?


  1. Yes, being a 25 year old I can walk that line quite well actually. feels good man

  2. Even if you could get it on the Rosetta Stone it would be too damn expensive to buy.

  3. Teenage really isn't that hard to get a hint at what they mean. It's speaking it that's the problem. I'm a teenager and I don't even really speak teen.

    The Adorkable Ditz' Missteps

  4. this is retarded, whats next? how to speak ebonics? (no racism intended)

  5. i think i remember being a teenager but it was a long time ago so i definitely can't speak it now

  6. Oh no! Imagine if this book gets in the hands of pedophiles. The terrible, sexy things they can do if they speak their language..


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