spanglish

Some people speak English, others speak Spanish. But we speak Spanglish. How about you?
Yes, they say “Latinx” in this news feature. Don’t @ me.

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I can only imagine what went on at the marketing pitch meeting for the above Tweet:

Prudential Executive 1: We need to connect with Spanish-speaking latinos *and* let them know we can help them be prepared and get financially fit.

Prudential Executive 2: Yeah, but the Prudential brand has to be prominent, and top of mind.

Marketing Dude: No se diga más. I got it! [Mas…]

Spanglish is only one of the dialects created by people who straddle two culturas.

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The underlying assumption of Spanglish is that one language is not enough to capture the full experience of being immersed in two cultures.

The gente who use Spanglish are primarily first and second generation Latinos in the United States. I would say the phenomenon springs from the working classes and the sons and daughters of immigrants to the United States (not to exclude the immigrants themselves). [Mas…]


It’s not easy being a pocho. That’s the premise of The Loteria, by Santa Cruz, CA film student Joseph Cueto-Araiza. He grew up in a Mexican-American family where nobody could speak Spanish, and that includes Joseph Cueto-Araiza.


East Los homies Delinquent Habits made people pay attention with Tres Delinquentes, the music video for a song on their self-titled first studio album. This music video has it all! English, Spanish, Spanglish, hiphop, rap, mariachi, moshing, hynas, scratching, lowriding, little people, Blaxicans, and, of course, burros.


It was just another evening, just another Mexican Dinner with la familia, until the son decided it was time to make an announcement that would rock the house.

Attention, West Coast: El Niño is coming – are you prepared? (photos)

by Verdana Bold October 19, 2015 El Now

Meteorologists expect epic rains for the West Coast this winter as powerful storm elements gather strength in and over the Pacific Ocean. Also, El Niño is coming! Are you ready, West Coast pochas y pochos? Are you ready for El Niño? Don’t be a Gloomy Gus like this negative neighbor:

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Los Hollywood: ‘Hasta Mañana’ (music video)

by Soy Capitan August 24, 2015 Cultura
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San Diego’s Los Hollywood says they’ll see you tomorrow. Heidy Flores is singing and playing bass. Remember her name.

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R. Crumb ‘Zap Comics’ 1975: Mexican kid just lookin’ to make a dime

by Memo Nericcio August 6, 2015 Cartoons
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One of the peculiarities of my tendencies when it comes to semiotic hoardings, as you well know, are cameos by Latinas/os in mainstream American media artifacts. Now Zap Comics were anything but the mainstream back in the day, but they have, over time, entered the effluvial, miasmic flow of pop culture leavings that typify a […]

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Born in the USA: The secret downside of espeaking Spanglish

by Estefania Zavala August 3, 2015 Cultura
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“Wow, it’s so cool you can speak Spanish,” people tell me after they hear me on the phone with my mom. I say thanks and try to shrug it off, but I worry that letting them think that gives a mistaken impression. I mean, yes. I can speak Spanish. My parents taught me Spanish when […]

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English is my third language; I grew up speaking Spanish and Caló

by WILLIE QUIÑONES June 19, 2015 Cultura
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I was born and raised in El Paso in an area known as The Second Ward because of its political designation in city government. In the greater community, it was most popularly called South El Paso. However, the approximately 25,000 mostly Chicano people who lived there referred to the neighborhood as El Segundo Barrio. It […]

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The plastic yellow car, a (true?) story

by ESTEFANIA ZAVALA May 15, 2015 Cultura
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“Okay, podemos ir a caminar pero si te cansas, es tu problema. No cargo bebes,” Lina says meanly to her four-year-old cousin. “I’m not a baby!” says Teresita predictably but then insists on bringing her large plastic car, a hideous yellow contraption with giant painted eyeballs instead of headlights. Teresita gets in the toy car […]

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Latino USA: Favorite Spanglish words and Ilan Stavans (audio)

by Moctezuma Cortés May 13, 2015 Audio
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Like puro pochos, the peeps at Latino USA talk Spanglish. In this episode they talk about their favorite Spanglish vocabulary words and also check in with expert and POCHO amigo Professor Ilan Stavans, who literally wrote the book on Spanglish.

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Spanglish is no Juan E. Come Lately to California (audio)

by Andalé Mono February 19, 2015 Audio
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When Los Angeles was a still a little pueblo in the northern part of Mexico known as Alta California, Spanglish was born. Public Radio International’s Global Nation explains: …living in the a rancho just north of the pueblo was a young Scottish adventurer named Hugh Reid. In the 1830s he left the old world for […]

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Accusations, controversy doom first Spanglish grammar conference

by Especial Correspondents December 15, 2014 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA) Factional fighting among Spanglish speakers, academics, and Raza activists doomed the first Spanglish grammar conference, held here Sunday. “The idea was to create some foundational principles and ground rules for our people’s language,” co-organizer Lourdes Cervantes-Borges of the Professional Organization of Chican@s Oppressed by Society (POCHOS) told PNS. “We […]

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Estar Guars Episode VII: Despierta, Ay Pan (toon)

by GALAC TICO December 5, 2014 Cartoons
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PREVIOUSLY ON ESTAR GUARS:

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La Cucaracha’s characters are thankful, tambien (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz November 28, 2014 Cartoons
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1940s Style: Orquesta de Don Ramon ‘Chicano Boogie’ (video)

by Comic Saenz November 7, 2014 Cultura
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It’s not much of a video but it rules as a wild examplar of 1940s pachuco “boogie-woogie jitterbug” (like Lalo Guerrero’s Los Chucos Suaves.) This performance features unstoppable rhumba-flavored proto-rock-n-roll beat-me-eight-to-the-bar-boogie-woogie highlighted by shouted Spanglish insanity. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s give a nice welcoming round of applause to Orquesta de Don Ramon as they perform […]

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Can’t rock harder than Lalo Guerrero’s ‘Los Chucos Suaves’ (video)

by QUESO QUESEM November 6, 2014 Cultura
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Lalo Guerrero is the Father of Chicano Music. His amazing musical legacy (he died in 2005) includes the classic Spanglish “boogie-woogie jitterbug” Los Chucos Suaves – the kick-ass dance-tune inspiration for Zoot Suit (the musical.) We especially like the abstract piano solo that goes off into outer pachucostan and comes back in the nick of […]

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Bidi bidi bom bom: ‘What ARE you?’ she asked

by DANNY HERRERA October 23, 2014 Cultura
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“What ARE you?” the Indian woman behind the counter asked. I was at a Dunkin’ Donuts in New York City grabbing coffee. After handing me my change, the Indian woman wanted to know where I was from. This happens often — whether I’m at a restaurant, an adult video store or a funeral. Inevitably someone […]

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La Cucaracha: Let’s make English our official language (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz October 10, 2014 Cartoons
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Cutty Flam’s new Spanglish ‘Sugga’ has space rocks, explosions! (video)

by MOON GUAC September 18, 2014 Cultura
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SoCal pochos Cutty Flam say their music is the sound track to a 1950’s B-Movie starring Ritchie Valens opposite Betty Page directed by Quentin Tarantino. Señor Cutty sings and plays guitar, Ms. Bang Bangs kicks butt on vocals and drums and Chewy Lewy is the man on bass. In Sugga, a black and white home […]

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