Latinitas - A Strong Voice for Latina Youth

I'm always blow away at teens' keen management of Spanglish. I heard two Latinitas teen interns chatting it up yesterday and was truly impressed how much English and Spanish collide in their exchanges, but their conversation makes sense and flows for them. It makes me think about how the Latinitas in our clubs view their bilingual-ness. I don't feel like it's with pride most of the time. Us older types are telling you - this is a gift, an asset that will enhance your adulthood, your future college and job applications and improve your travels ten-fold - but the world says something different -like learn English because that's "right."   So, it's upsetting when we see so many of the girls in our clubs feel shame about their ability to converse in Spanish and English.  It's up to each of us to eliminate that stigma - because get ready Republican party or not - 14 states in the U.S. already report a foreign-born population at 50 percent...that's almost 1/3 the country and here's a heads up - the majority of that foreign born population is Latino!  Thoughts? Do you love your bilingual-ness? Let me know.

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Comment by Alicia on February 25, 2011 at 12:33am
Our writer Ytzel is working on a story about learning Spanish.  Coming soon!  Let's embrace our bilingual-ness.  I was watching American Idol and was loving how a few of the singers chose to sing Spanish and bilingual songs.




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