Spanglish = Spanish + English
By Catalina Bazaldua
people call it insubordinate, and others feel it’s an improper
deformation of the Spanish language. To others it’s perceived as
being their own identity. The language dialect - Spanglish has
emerged in the United States as being a popular and controversial
topic due to the mixture of English and Spanish language. This is a
common figure of speech:
English – I am going to fix the leaking pump.
Spanish - Voy a arreglar el escape de la pompa.
Spanglish - Voy a fixiar el liqueo de
Spanglish is referred to as being an artificial dialect from the
deformation of the Spanish Language. It’s used in a way that adds
flavor to the English language just like adding salsa to corn
chips. It’s distinctive to hear it spoken and freely communicated
among individuals. These days it’s inevitable not to listen to
Spanglish because it’s becoming popular in the United States. The
thought of integrating these two languages creates perplexity in a
confusing manner of speech. Although the two languages have cognate
words, the possibility of understanding and communicating involves
discipline in both languages.
Spanglish emerged from Spanish speaking families who instinctively
had to discover a way to communicate in an English spoken society.
Children educated in English classrooms expand the use of Spanglish
as a way to express reassurance with their relatives and friends.
The ability to intertwine two languages facilitates getting the
message across for many of those who struggle with the basics of
linguistics. In addition, it creates an easier interaction with
monolinguals in daily life activities such as work, study, and
expression of feelings.
influential is Spanglish? Ironically, this unique dialect
influences many parts of the world without becoming aware of it.
Even Spanish educators and purists have somehow inattentively used
several Spanglish terms in their lives. With a world of media,
advertising, and technology amongst us, it’s almost unavoidable not
to converse in this dialect. We hear proficient TV stations,
doctors, and engineers communicate in Spanglish all the time. It’s
simply another way of getting the message across in a trouble-free
manner. Besides, who said that “parquear” is the proper way of
saying “parking”… as in parking the car.
Spanglish creates simplicity and cultural identity among certain
individuals, but let us not ignore the fact that Spanglish is a
dialect of the Spanish language. As Spanglish continues to evolve
in the United States, it’s imperative for bilingual educators and
language purist to continue working hard to preserve the correct
fundamentals of the Spanish language.
Ultimately, understanding the Spanish language properly creates a
better common ground in such a way that it can catapult anyone to
real world opportunities. The opportunities are timeless when the
Spanish language is appropriately used as a mechanism for
businesses, in politics to influence consumer behavior, or to
promote political interests. Spanish empowers a group or an
individual’s success that gives them great opportunities in a
multi-language society without taking Spanglish from their lives.
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