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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Tha Abuse of the Spanish Language

Are you familiar with the Spanglish language? As you might already have guessed, it consists of words with a mixture of Spanish and English. The title of the publication on the left says it all, "Magacín," which is derived from the word "magazine." Puerto Ricans are known to have perfected the language, but many Latinos who were born in the U.S are also Spanglish speakers.

I think Spanish is a beautiful language and I find the use of Spanglish to be quite disrespectful. Unfortunately, as I live in Puerto Rico, I am surrounded by Spanglish! I think this is a tragedy. Everyday, when I look through the paper, I just can't seem to avoid words that are not part of the Spanish language. It just feels utterly wrong to see and hear them being used. Here are some examples:

Wíken= Weekend ("fin de semana" in Spanish)
Parqiar el carro= Park the car ("estacionar el coche/carro" in Spanish)
Damme un chance= Give me a chance ("damme una opportunidad" in Spanish)
Hangeo= Hanging out ("salir" in Spanish)

These are just a couple of the many Spanglish words widely spoken. I try my best to avoid using them, but I must admit I do say "parqiar" sometimes without being aware of it. I am not proud of my Spanglish though...

by Adriana Pons


Anonymous Elysia said...

Well written article.

9:35 PM


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