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Friday, May 16th, 2014

13 Mexican Indigenous Words You Didn’t Know You Were Using

*This is very cool. Many of these I knew, but I had never made the connection between “jacal” and “shack.” VL By Roque Planas, Huffington Post Latino Voices Many Americans mistakenly view Mexicans as foreign. In fact, the indigenous people of Mexico have called North America home for a whole lot longer than the Europeans

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Fewer Latinos will speak Spanish, more non-Latinos will, report says

By Cindy Y. Rodriguez, CNN (CNN) — It’s no secret that more and more people are speakingespañol in the United States, but what you probably didn’t know is that in the future more of those Spanish speakers will not be Hispanic. That’s...

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

What is the future of Spanish in the United States?

By Mark Hugo Lopez and Ana Gonzalez-Barrera, Pew Hispanic Trends Project With more than 37 million speakers, Spanish is by far the most spoken non-English language in the U.S. today among people ages 5 and older. It is also...

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Why Anglicisms Are Really Not So Incorrect

By Tom Stephens, LIN@R Just this past week, I happened to be chatting with an old friend, of Colombian birth, about life, her daughters, her husband, and of course, up pops the perennial issue: does such-and-such a word...

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

NY Taking Steps to Preserve Spanish Language

By Hispanically Speaking News Politicians, academics, writers and other representatives of Latino culture took the first step on Wednesday in promoting an initiative that seeks to save and preserve Spanish in New York. “Who doesn’t like it...

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Spell My Name Correctly, Willya?

By Jesse Treviño, HispanicLatino What is the deal with accents?  Some news organizations and networks noticeably have begun to accent the names of individuals, places and things that carry a Spanish spelling. Some don’t. ESPN is almost meticulous about it. ...

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Speaking Spanish Can Make Or Break Latino Politicos

By Tony Castro, Voxxi The most beloved Hispanic politician I have known in a long history of reporting on Latino politics wasn’t even Hispanic. He was a Baptist Irishman who grew up in the predominantly Latino Eastside...

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Letters Ñ, ¡ and ¿ Sue Computer Keyboard Makers For Bias

By Verdana Bold, Pocho Ñews Service (PNS reporting from SILICON VALLEY) Attorneys for typographical characters including enya (Ñ), theinverted exclamation mark (¡) and the inverted question mark (¿) accused major computer keyboard makers of deliberately ignoring their clients’ needs in a relentless race for profits in a...

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

How Much Culture Is Enough?

By Jose Cruz, Our Tiempo You know that moment we all have when you check your Facebook or Twitter and everyone is commenting about one thing? This happened to me last week as the Latino world of...

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Being A Latina Means Having A Good Sense Of Humor

My friend and I once argued about the comedic talents of women. Though he is very much a fan of female comedians, he claimed that he knew few funny women in real life. I insisted that he...

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Hablo Y Hablas: Suave

Have you ever heard the word, “suave?” The word is used to mean “smooth” in a variety of contexts, but the usage I wanted to highlight this evening is that it can also mean “cool,” as in...

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Occupy Language, Take Over Demeaning Words

This is one of those ideas that I wish I would have thought of myself. It’s also an idea who’s time was inevitably coming. A New York Times opinion column, written by H. Samy Alim, a professor...

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

East LA Has Its Own Accent, Literally

A great story from The Los Angeles Times this week breaks down the complexity of the Mexican immigrant-powered accent particular to people who grew up near or in the East LA area. Having spent time there and...

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Livin’ La Vida En Spanglish

Last week I posted on Facebook that, sometimes, people are frustrated by my Spanglish speaking ways. But, that’s the way I think — so ni modo. I got some interesting response and so wanted to explore this...

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