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Spanish as We Know it May Change Forever, Here’s How

No Gender? Mind blown. How would you say LA mesA or EL autO?

In the last few years, there have been talks about having the Spanish language become gender neutral by dropping gender identifiers.

Back in the 90s, the term Latin@ was introduced online to include both male and female, but that caused a lot of confusion. There have also been cases where the use of both genders is preferred so as not to sound exclusive. For example, Argentina’s former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner would always say “todos y todas” to regard everyone, but that’s a bit redundant according to the Real Academia Española, the ultimate authority on Spanish.

This isn’t such new news. The ungendering of a language is exactly what what happened to English. Back when it was Old English, it had three gender classifiers: male, female and neutered. Over the years with the evolvement of the language and its interaction with others, it lost them all. So if English can morph and become gender neutral, so can Spanish?

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One of the suggestions online is to change the A or O at the end of female and male words to an X, as in Latinx, as a way to reject gender. Some people think this type of word is empowering.

Hector Luis Alamo, deputy editor of Latino Rebels, disagrees. “I get the intention. I get the goal, but I don’t agree with the premise of their argument, which is that the word Latino is exclusive or not inclusive enough. Nowadays, people use the word Latino in a very broad sense to include men and women and LGBT, straight or any type of Latino you can think of.”

So even though we haven’t agreed on gender neutrality for Spanish, we can at least agree that languages are alive and ever-changing. But don’t go calling someone “amigx fabulosx” just yet.

Learn more about how the Spanish language might change from Latino USA here.

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Latinas Share Why They Wanted To Teach Their Children Their Native Language

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Latinas Share Why They Wanted To Teach Their Children Their Native Language

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In a world with so much rising intersectionality and access to language tools, many still feel that passing along the traditions of their languages is necessary. Studies have shown for decades that children who grow up in an environment where they’re exposed to different languages have a pathway ahead of them that is full of promise. Particularly when it comes to education and career opportunities.

But why else do some parents find it essential to teach their children their family’s native languages?

Recently, we asked Latinas why learning their native language is important to them.

Check out the answer below!

“So they can be a voice for others in their community .” –_saryna_


“Besides the fact that bilingual kids use more of their brains. I’d like to teach my baby my native language so they can feel closer to our roots and be able to communicate/connect with our community not just in the US, but in Latin America too.” –shidume

“So that when the opportunity arises they can pursue their endeavors with nothing holding them back!” –candymtz13


“It not only helps them be multilingual, but also reminded them of their ancestry. Their roots. It builds a certain connection that cannot be broken.”-yeimi_herc


“So they can communicate with their grandparents, so they have double the opportunities growing up so they know their roots. So many reasons.”
elizabethm_herrera

“Know where you came from, being bilingual for more job opportunities later, being able to communicate with family members.”- panabori25

“I don’t have children but I think a language is tied to the culture. For me Spanish is a direct representation of how romantic and dramatic and over the top in the most beautiful way latin culture is. Also I’m Dominican and we just blend and make up words which really represents how crazy my family is.” –karenmarie15


“If I don’t and they lose ties to their people meaning my family who only speaks Spanish and Italian than I myself am harming them. As a preschool teacher I always tell parents English will happen eventually that’s the universal language but teach them their home home language the one that grandma/pa and the rest of the family speaks. They lose their identity. Sure they make up their own eventually but they must never forget where they come from.” –ta_ta1009


“So he doesn’t lose the connection to his grandmother and great grandfather who only speak spanish. So if he ever hears someone struggling to communicate he can help and feel a sense of pride in his roots/culture. 🇸🇻 plus 🤞🤞 I want him to pick up a 3rd language too!” –cardcrafted

“To give them more opportunities in life. I feel that some stories can only be told with authenticity when they’re in their native language. If you have the opportunity to do so, please do.” –titanyashigh

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‘Mariah En Español’ Is The Songbird’s First EP To Be Filled With Spanish Versions Of Her Hits

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‘Mariah En Español’ Is The Songbird’s First EP To Be Filled With Spanish Versions Of Her Hits

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Thirty years have passed since songbird supreme Mariah Carey first released her self-titled debut album. The album, which at the time topped the Billboard 200 album chart for 11 consecutive weeks was certified nine-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and sold nine million copies in the United States alone. Five beloved singles came from Mariah Carey including “Vision of Love,” “Love Takes Time” and “Someday.”

In celebration of the debut album, Carey is releasing multiple new EPs, including one in Spanish!

Since July, as part of her celebrations, Carey has been dropping rare EPs and old live recordings every Friday.

Since July, Carey has announced the release of her memoir ‘The Meaning Of Mariah Carey’, due September 29, and revealed she’s releasing even more music admitting the process of writing has been “incredibly hard, humbling and healing.”

“Though there have been countless stories about me throughout my career and very public personal life, it’s been impossible to communicate the complexities and depths of my experience in any single magazine article or a ten-minute television interview,” Carey explained in a statement to her website about the book. “And even then, my words were filtered through someone else’s lens, largely satisfying someone else’s assignment to define me. This book is composed of my memories, my mishaps, my struggles, my survival and my songs. Unfiltered. I went deep into my childhood and gave the scared little girl inside of me a big voice. I let the abandoned and ambitious adolescent have her say, and the betrayed woman I became tell her side.”

A book and now a spanish EP!

Last Friday, the songbird dropped Mariah En Español, a seven-song EP that pays tribute to her Venezuelan roots. In it, fans get access to Spanish-language versions of her biggest ’90s hits. Mariah En Español includes “Mi Todo” and “Héroe.”

Carey sings Spanish for fans in this new album even though she doesn’t speak the language fluently.

Speaking about the ambitious undertaking Carey tweeted that “3 covers that I recorded for my original #1’s album and one with Spanish versions I recorded of Hero, Open Arms and My All!” and asked fans to “Please don’t judge my far-from-perfect pronunciation but I tried.”

What magic!

Check out some of her music below!

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