When You Speak Fluent Spanglish

Spanglish is a word used to refer to the variety of contact dialects that arise from the interaction of English and Spanish spoken by individuals who know both of those languages, majorly in the USA. Salvador Tió, a journalist from Puerto Rico came up with the word Espanglish in the 1940s, which was later shortened to Spanglish. When You Speak Fluent Spanglish you are a receptive bilingual.

Patterns seen in Spanglish

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The Spanglish language does not have any formal structure or rules, though those who speak it can continuously judge the grammar used in a sentence or word. Spanglish is actually not a dialect of Spanish because the speakers have a background of speaking both English and Spanish with more influence from one of the languages. The rise of Latin American immigrants in the United States of America led to the inception of Spanglish.


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Hispanic-Americans are the ones who mostly use this language to speak to their fellow Hispanic-Americans who know both English and Spanish. When somebody has forgotten how to say a word in English, they say it in Spanish, or if they cannot recall how to say something in Spanish, they say it in English. The speakers of this language may be those who do not understand Spanish or English fully well, or those who speak both languages very well.

Fluent Spanglish

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Spanglish is simply a combination of Spanish and English phrases, uttered with a non-English accent and usually have words that belong to neither English nor Spanish. A lot of Spanish-speakers talk in Spanglish when they are learning how to speak in English. The language is normally applied intelligently by switching between languages to emphasis something.

Latinos who reside in the United States of America, share aspects of the North American culture and Latin-American culture, therefore most of them prefer to use both languages rather than just one. They interchange between English and Spanish at will to detail a message.

Different Dialects

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The combination of English and Spanish, does not have one common dialect. Spanglish differs from state to state, the one spoken in New York will be different from the one spoken in California, Florida, Miami or Texas. The Miami-Hispanic community is so popular for speaking in Spanglish, that other people who know just how to speak standard Spanish only, may not understand it.

Public Opinion

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For a lot of people, Spanglish is a form of self-identity, whereas other people are of the opinion that this language shouldn’t exist. Spanglish speakers are seen as receptive bilinguals. A receptive bilingual is a person who understands a second language, but does not speak it. That is when he/she chooses to speak in Spanglish. To answer something, the person uses more mental effort to reply using English, Spanish or a combination of the two.

Common Spanglish words

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There are many instances when a person who either knows both English and Spanish really well, or doesn’t know both very well says some words like actualmente, bizarro, carpeta, chequear, mapear, twittear, watchear, etc. These Spanglish words are quite interesting, because the person is clearly trying to express some message but is unsure of how to utter the words in either English or Spanish fully, so they mix both.

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