By Samantha Leal | 01/31/2014 - 14:10
Ay, another day, another ridiculous statement to justify intolerance and mislead the public. Laura Ingraham, a right-wing pundit and Fox News contributor, is apparently operating under the belief that Mexican immigrants are looking to reclaim the western United States, wiping out any signs of English left in their wake.
By Cristina Arreola | 11/18/2013 - 11:25
One Louisiana official doesn't want Mexicans to speak English, and he's trying to deny funds to a local library in order to keep Latinos from accessing the resources.
Lindel Toups, who sits on the Lafourche Parish City Council, wants to route funding away from a library and into an area prison. His justification? Well, the Biblioteca Hispana section helps Spanish-speakers learn English. According to him, that’s a bad thing.
By Cristina Arreola | 09/19/2013 - 13:03
According to a new study, many young Latinos who grew up speaking English are trying to learn español!
A new report released by Oregon State University, shows that young people in the state are learning and retaining Spanish at a much higher rate than earlier waves of Latinos.
By Tanisha Ramirez | 09/08/2013 - 11:00
If you’re a Latino or Latina who was raised in the U.S., chances are you’ve made up a Spanish word—or two! But hey, that’s totally okay.
We’ve all slapped an “-iar” or “-io” at the end of an English word and pretended it was Spanish. Ultimately, some of these conflated words stick, and after a few generations, we forget that those words aren’t really part of the Spanish language!
Take a look at some of our favorite made up Spanish words and let us know if you’ve ever been guilty of using them!
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By Samantha Leal | 09/06/2013 - 15:30
A new study has found that 34 percent of Hispanics will speak only English at home by 2020, up from 25 percent. The study, conducted by the Pew Research Center, also found that three-fourths of all Hispanics ages 5 and older speak Spanish, but that number is projected to fall to two-thirds by 2020.
By Samantha Leal | 11/29/2012 - 12:58
Many Mexican immigrants migrating to the United States are assumed to speak Spanish, but that assumption is wrong, reports NBC Latino. Many immigrants come to the U.S. speaking indigenous languages, and a workshop by The City University of New York's Institute of Mexican Studies is hoping to shed light on the diversity of languages spoken by Mexican communities in the United States.
By Samantha Leal | 11/27/2012 - 13:20
Oh boy. Over the holiday weekend, a new (hilarious) Twitter handle drew attention for correcting outraged people who believe that others should speak English in English-speaking countries. Of course, those writing these tweets seem to not have so much of a handle on the language themselves, with grammar mistakes galore.
By Viviana Hurtado | 01/26/2012 - 16:43
In this week’s Tampa Bay, Florida Republican debate, the question was asked why candidates run ads in Spanish, ostensibly seeking the votes of Spanish speakers, but insist English be the only official language of the U.S. government.
This incident is a perfect example of the complicated relationship that politicians and monolingual Americans have with learning and flaunting that they know another language.
By Mariela Rosario | 06/01/2011 - 17:00
Ellen Bialystok, a cognitive neuroscientist, has studied the effects of bilingualism on the brain for over 40 years. Among her impressive findings include the fact that bilingual children are able to understand more complex language problems than those that only spoke on language, that being bilingual can help delay the symptom's of Alzheimer's disease and makes you better at multi-tasking.