Bilingualism is getting a lot of attention these days, with older generations of Latinos worrying about younger people speaking too much English and plenty of insecure bozos getting very angry over the same group speaking too much Spanish. It’s like we can’t win! EXCEPT, YES WE CAN. Because being bilingual is awesome! And sometimes awkward, sure. Allow us to explain.
You get twice the chisme.
When you're bilingual but pretend not to be so you can eavesdrop. 👂 pic.twitter.com/bcMkxz6XEu
— we are mitú (@wearemitu) May 24, 2016
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Get that tea and that scalding café, bb.
You’re basically a one-person United Nations translation committee.
You’re able to help soothe the language barrier between two people, and that’s kind of like having a super power, if you think about it.
And can feel at home in several places.
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You can move through neighborhoods, regions and entire countries knowing that you won’t need translation help.
Of course, then there’s the issue of wondering whether to pronounce words in Spanish *properly.*
Awkward. Like, no one wants to be the person who over-pronounces “Nicaragua” while speaking in English.
You can bond with other people like you.
There’s nothing like the bond between two people who can share chisme in Spanish among monolingual gringos.
…And be shady, if you’re about that life.
Often enough, your grasp of two languages allows you to communicate with different generations.
You’re connected to the past, present and future. For so many of us, Spanish ties us to our families, while English is increasingly the language used at work and among friends. Knowing both means we’re able to inhabit several worlds simultaneously.
Your language skills are GOOD for your brain.
You friggin’ genius, you.
And you can weed out the haters.
Deal with the bilinguality, or go!
There’s double the jokes.
More terrible puns for everyone! Yay!
…Because the reality is, you speak THREE languages: English, Spanish and Spanglish.
Pero like, that’s the reality.
So, hey. Your skills are pretty damn impressive.
Are you bilingual? Do you have any Spanglish puns for us?