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Are the Minions Latino? No, but there’s a reason you can understand some of what they say.
In case you’re still wondering what language the Minions — those adorable little yellow dudes from “Despicable Me” — speak, Latino USA’s Antonia Cereijido has just the answer you need. If you’ve watched a movie with these adorable, accident-prone henchmen, you’ve probably understood a few words here and there. Hearing them say things like “para tu” might make you think they’ve got a ‘lil Latino in ’em, but they’re not. To get to the bottom of Minionese (the official language of Minions), Cereijido tracked down Pierre Coffin, co-drector of the “Despicable Me” movies and the voice of ALL the Minions. Coffin confirms that the Minions are not Latino, although he does use some Spanish words and foods, along with words and foods from every language on the planet, to create Minionese. If you really want to nerd out, Minions have *technically* been around since the beginning of time, which means they’ve been exposed to all the languages of the world. That’s why they’re familiar with the second most spoken language in the world, Spanish.