By Yara Simon | 02/26/2014 - 12:19
Uh, that doesn’t mean what you think it means.
If you’re feeling insecure in your English to Spanish translating abilities, you’re not alone. Especially because there are some Spanish words that are trying to fool you. You know, the ones that look similar to English words but don't mean the same things. These are known as "false friends," and they are probably the reason your abuelita has given you some serious side-eye in the past. Here are some Spanish words you may have used incorrectly in the past:
By Ana Luisa Suarez | 11/15/2013 - 14:21
We all know speaking Spanish is a wonderful thing, but did you know that it is actually beneficial to your health? NBC News reported that speaking a second language could help offset Dementia later on in life. Seriously!
Speaking Spanish might also be having a deeper impact on your life than you previously believed! You could actually improve your language skills, and a being an excellent multitasker, and keep your brain healthy, just to name a few! Read more on how speaking español can seriously save your life:
By Amaris Castillo | 06/28/2013 - 10:14
You gotta love Spanglish. If you’re Latino/a but were born here in the U.S., you’re guilty of it. What’s funny is that most of us learn it from our parents; Spanish is in their blood, yet they want to get their message across so you will surely understand.
Those well-versed in Spanglish have the language down pat. Below are some fun words that don’t… sound quite right. But they're great anyway:
Not party, it’s pronounced “parreeeeee!”
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By Amaris Castillo | 06/17/2013 - 14:22
Whole Foods Market has changed its employee language policy after a recent incident involving two employees being suspended for speaking Spanish. According to Fox News Latino, the organic supermarket chain’s Co-CEO Walter Robb said that the “unfortunate incident” prompted the company to revise a policy that “does not reflect and is not in alignment with the spirit of this company.”
By Viviana Hurtado | 12/13/2011 - 13:00
Millions of words roll off our tongues every day. We often times don’t think about the power of words, specifically the legitimacy we give a political position or social statement with the terms we choose to use. That is, until a scandal breaks.
Exhibit A: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language added “anchor baby,” along with 10,000 other words and phrases, to its latest edition. The term was initially defined as:
By Lee Hernandez | 12/07/2011 - 17:05
Iconic Mexican percussionist Sheila E., spoke exclusively to Latina.com about the new book she's working on, her upcoming CD, and why she was judged for not speaking Spanish when she was coming up in the music business.
What projects are you currently working on?
By Mariela Rosario | 08/01/2011 - 16:00
Last week we polled our faithful Facebook followers to find out what some of your favorite Spanglish words and phrases are for a new series we're going to be working on every week. Check in every Monday for a new Spanglish word, Spanish phrase, special dicho and funny idiosyncrasies we find living la vida Latina here in the United States.
By Amaris Castillo | 06/13/2011 - 16:15
It looks as though Eva Longoria is picking up a new language! The 36-year-old star of Desperate Housewives recently announced at the 9th Annual GLAD Benefit Extravaganza that she is learning sign language to be able to communicate with her deaf fans.
“I’ve had a lot of deaf people who have bought my [cook] book and I’ve been able to talk to them about what my favorite recipe is and what to cook,” she said.
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.