The Latino Namesake

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

I landed in Orlando / Cocoa Beach a few hours ago, and had the fortune of getting a van all to myself to escort me to the hotel. On such occasions, I usually don’t think about the privilege I have to work in an environment where my boss places cultural barriers on my person. As for my driver, that wasn’t the case. I read his name tag: Domingo, same as …

Chapulin Colorado (hardcore)

And Who Doesn’t Want To Be Latino?!

Jose Vilson Jose 5 Comments

Something about getting a toasted roll with butter and coffee with three sugars (tostada y cafe con leche for those keeping up) in the morning makes me feel Latino, especially when the guy who I just heard speak Spanish looks up at me and says, “One seventy-five.” Or when I’m in an elevator and two people opt to speak Spanish to say something private to each other; one of them …

Spanish Inquisition: Just When You Least Expect Them

Because My Commenters Rock, Even In Spanish

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Please check the first gem spilled upon my blog yesterday concerning my discussion on Spanish (with some edits from me): So here’s the funny part of all this: in English, the Spanish language is called, duh, Spanish but (I was discussing this with my dad who’s a brilliant, highly-educated man and Dominican) in Spanish there is no such thing as Espanol to mean the language. Now we commonly say “Hablo …

Dora The Explorer and Diego

My Spanish Is Way Better Than Yours

Jose Vilson Jose 9 Comments

Scenario: Let’s say there are two native Spanish speakers, both of whom don’t come directly from Spain, but have Latino backgrounds, one comes from a South American country and the other from a Carribean-based country. While discussing language, the first comments that their Spanish is “better” than the other. After the second suggests the lack of real difference between the written form of proper Spanish in both countries, the first …