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Friday, December 2nd, 2016

For the Past 20 Years, a Santa Ana Man Has Kept the Language of the Aztecs Alive

*This is a great, albeit a little long, piece for a Friday read. VL By Gabriel San Roman, OC Weekly (17 minute read)  “Okay, let’s start with practice!” Davíd Vázquez says in Spanish to a dozen or so students seated in the basement choir room of the Episcopal Church of the Messiah in Santa Ana.

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

The Spanish Lesson I Never Got at School

*This is a terrific and needed read, especially in light of the post-election attempts to launch a new “political correctness” where bilingualism is seen as detrimental to national unity. It’s happening. We need more stories like this. VL...

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

California Voters Support Bi-lingual Ed, But Schools Not Prepared

*They voted to do away with bilingual education in 1998, now they want it back. VL By Jeremy Adam Smith, New America Media (6.5 minute read) SAN FRANCISCO — In 1998, California Proposition 227 tore the state apart. The...

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Interpreters say it’s nearly “impossible” to translate Donald Trump’s rhetoric into other languages

*Try translating this: “I don’t know, probably, maybe, I’m not sure, other people say, the lawyers say, I haven’t looked at it, I’m not familiar.” Trump speak. VL By Lila MacLellan, Quartz (6 minute read) The job of language...

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Latino Racial Slurs is the top trending topic on NewsTaco

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco Top Latino Racial Slurs It’s a story written and posted in 2011 and this past week it got the top number of page views of all stories published in NewsTaco, almost 20 percent...

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,...

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...

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