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When Your First Language Is Spanish, But English Has Taken Over Your Life

Is Spanish your first language? Maybe, like so many of us, you started off speaking exclusively Spanish, picking up English later on at school, and then… FORGOT IT ALL. But don’t feel alone in this, fellow pochos / gringozados.

It’s a pretty common issue, so let’s vent about it together:

1. You end up doing a lot of smiling and nodding.

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? I have no idea what’s going on. ?

2. You miss out on precious, precious chisme.

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This one hurts the most. Tía Concha did WHAT with WHOM back in the day? 

3. Speaking to a relative on the phone becomes an awkward, horrifying nightmare.

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“Habla con tu tía.”

NoooOoOoOoooooOoOooooooo…

4. Your older relatives judge you…

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?

5. …And your younger relatives bond with you more closely.

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Because chances are pretty good that you’re all in the same boat now (the HMS Niños Americanizados).

6. You basically only remember old nursery rhymes, kids’ songs and prayers.

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“Angel de mi sana sana ranita, dulce compania…”

7. You hear a lot about how you’re so “shy” now.

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But, really, you’re just not sure how to say what you want to say!

8. Although Spanish definitely comes more easily when you’re mad or talking to a pet/baby.

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Don’t ask me why these things are true; they just are.

9. You mostly speak Spanish by what “sounds” right…

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Because, for you, Spanish isn’t about grammar rules, it’s just about a feeling.

10. …Which can get hella confusing.

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Estoy bueno. I mean, estoy bien. Soy bien. Both?

11. …And also leads to you avoiding verbs like the plague.

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Don’t worry: You’re not the only one feeling the pain of conjugation.

12. Sometimes, you even mix languages up.

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Très bueno indeed.

13. Accents will be the death of you.

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Sure, you can understand perfect “newscaster Spanish,” but throw in a fast-talking Cuban or an Argentine swapping “ll’s” for “jjjjhhhjggg’s” and you’re @#$%ed.

14. And you become self-conscious about your own accent when speaking Spanish.

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It used to be so perfect! Let’s just blame television for this. Deal? Deal.

15. Children’s movies with subtitles become a lifesaver.

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What better way to relearn the Spanish you’ve woefully forgotten than by listening to “The Circle of Life” in español.

16. You sometimes feel like a huge @#$%ing disappointment.

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You can’t help it. You wish you were better at this!

17. But you know this doesn’t define you.

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And you’re still completely, perfectly Latino, no matter what level of Spanish (or Portuguese, lest we forget our Brazilian cousins) you speak. <3


READ: 5 Beautifully Perverse Responses To Use When Someone Makes You Speak Spanish

So, tell us. How’s your Spanish these days? 

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A Doorbell Camera Captured The Terrifying Moment A Neighbor Saved A Family From Their burning home

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A Doorbell Camera Captured The Terrifying Moment A Neighbor Saved A Family From Their burning home

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A family from Arizona has tragically been without a home since New Year’s Day. Fortunately, however, thanks to the swift efforts of a neighbor, they still have each other.

On New Year’s Day, the Salgado family was asleep in their home in Avondale, Arizona when they heard a frantic knock at their door. Nicole Salgado’s husband, who lived in the home with their children, opened the front door to find her neighbor shouting at her to get her family out of the house. It was on fire.

The Salgado family woke up New Year’s Day to find their house in flames.

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“We were all asleep,” Salgado explained to CNN in an interview. “Then all of the sudden around 7:30 in the morning, we hear banging on our door and our doorbell is going off and we kind of get scared.”

Their neighbor, Carolyn Palisch, was there telling them to get out of the house. Footage from the family’s home security video shows their neighbor running past flames to get to the home.

“He opened the door and all I heard was our neighbor Carolyn saying your house is on fire you have to get out,” said Salgado.

Salgado, who is a mother to four children, hurried to gather her children. Together, all of them escaped the burning home safely. “It was just kind of frantic at first, making sure we got everyone out and the dogs out,” she explained. “Then once we realized the full extent of it we were just in shock as we watched our home burn.”

Sadly, the Salgado family lost all their belongings in the fire

Salgado explained that the roof of her house collapsed moments after they escaped. According to CNN, firefighters at the scene claimed that if the family had still been sleeping at the time the roof had collapsed they would have inhaled the smoke and likely passed out immediately.

We are so thankful to just be alive,” Salgado explained in a post to her TikTook page. She also included doorbell camera footage of the moment their neighbor came to the rescue.

Salgado’s video has been liked nearly 7 million times on TikTok.

“Never did we think it was going to blow up the way it did. But we are so grateful,” Salgado explained. “We are so glad it did for Carol, to show how amazing she is. If it wasn’t for her it’d be a totally different story. We feel so thankful to her. We’re always going to consider her family. She not only saved us, she saved our kids.”

Salgado says that the cause of the fire is still under investigation and shared that her family has created a Go Fund Me account to help them rebuild their lives.

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Why Do People Care If Hilaria Baldwin’s Spanish Accent Is Fake Or Not, Anyway?

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Why Do People Care If Hilaria Baldwin’s Spanish Accent Is Fake Or Not, Anyway?

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On December 21, 2020,  journalist and podcaster Tracie Egan Morrissey opened a jar of worms that caused a massive stir. In a post shared to her Instagram Story, Morrissey shared a string of posts that examined the accent of author, and yoga instructor Hilaria Baldwin (wife to Alec Baldwin), and her alleged claims of Spanish heritage. In her post, Morrisey questioned whether or not Baldwin has misrepresented her ethnic and cultural background.

Since, Baldwin, who was not born in Spain and does not come from a Spanish family, but one from Massachusetts, has been forced to explain herself.

In a post shared to Twitter, Morrissey commented on Baldwin’s “decade-long grift” of impersonating a Spanish person.

“You have to admire Hilaria Baldwin’s commitment to her decade-long grift where she impersonates a Spanish person,” Twitter user @lenibriscoe remarked at the top of a long thread that quickly went viral.

According to Page Six, Baldwin’s bio on her agency’s site claims that “Baldwin was born in Mallorca, Spain and raised in Boston, Massachusetts.” In 2018, Hola! magazine described Hilaria as “born in Spain” and noting that Spanish is her native language. @lenibriscoe shared that in interviews from her earlier days of her marriage to actor Alec Baldwin Hilaria Baldwin spoke with a Spanish accent and, in one case, seemed to forget the English word for “cucumber.”

Users pointed out that in an April interview with Cat and Nat of the MomTruths podcast, Baldwin claimed to have “moved here when [she] was 19 to go to NYU.” When asked where she’d moved from, Baldwin noted From — my family lives in Spain, they live in Mallorca.”

After being called out for faking an accent, Hilaria has had to clarify previous assumptions about her heritage.

It is true in fact that Baldwin’s parents live in Mallorca, and according to “Page Six,” they have resided there since 2011. Before that, however, they lived in Massachusetts. According to CUT, Twitter investigators sleuths “dug up the following footage of Kathryn Hayward (‘formerly an internist at the Massachusetts General Hospital’) on what looks like her websitespeaking about her upbringing in Longmeadow, as well as Baldwin’s paternal grandfather’s obituary, which states that the Thomas ‘family presence in … Vermont predated the American Revolution.’ Baldwin’s grandfather’s professional travel to Argentina reportedly inspired his children to ‘become proficient in the Spanish language.’”

Strangely, however, if you search “where was Hilaria Baldwin born” on Google  it shows a map of Mallorca. Hilaria’s IMDb bio states that “Hilaria Baldwin was born on January 6, 1984 in Mallorca, Spain as Hilaria Lynn Thomas.” School mates of Hilaria have noted that when she was younger she went by the name Hilary.

Recently, Hilaria responded to the questions in a post shared to Instagram.

Hilaria admitted that “there’s some stuff that needs to be clarified,” but said that her words were twisted in previous media appearances. She admitted that she was “born in Boston” and claimed to be “a different kind of Bostonian” one who lived“some of [her] childhood in Spain… There was a lot of back-and-forth my entire life, and I’m really lucky that I grew up speaking two languages,” Hilaria explained that her accent changes depending on the language she speaks more often. “When I tried to work, I try to enunciate a little bit more, but when I get nervous or upset, then I start to mix the two.”

When it comes to her name, Baldwin says that she used the name Hillary in the U.S. and Hilaria in Spain. “My parents, they call me Hilaria, my whole family call me Hilaria,” she remarked. “It’s the same name, just a few letters different, so I think we shouldn’t be so upset about it,” she said. “And whatever you guys want to call me, I will respond to both.”

So far, fans have yet to determine if Baldwin’s claims actually hold water. We’ll see if her insistence that she is not to blame for the misconceptions about her heritage works for her moving forward.

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