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October 15, 2005

El Ingenioso Hidalgo of Spanglish

Over at BBC Mundo, they're running an article (in Spanish) about Spanglish.

It's an interesting read if you happen to understand Spanish, but the most interesting part comes at the end. There they excerpt an attempt by Ilan Stavans, author of a book about the roots of Spanglish, to translate Don Quixote into Spanglish.

The fact that I can read that passage straight through without any difficulty is a slight reassurance; my Spanish has gotten rusty as a result of lacking use, but apparently it's lurking in my head enough that I can still think in it.

I'm guilty of writing in Spanglish myself at times; there will be days I'm taking notes and it's far shorter to use Spanish, or I just think it sounds better in Spanish. So there, in the middle of an other English page of notes, is Spanish.

I can't say as I've ever mixed two languages to conjugate a verb though; wieldeaba? awakeado? Now that's just bizarre.

The entire Spanglish first chapter is available at Cuadernos Cervantes.

Posted by Colin at October 15, 2005 9:51 PM

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