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Life in Spanglish

My Spanish and Hebrew need work. Let’s table the Hebrew problem for a moment. To solve the Spanish problem, I’ve started reading in Spanish. But it’s so HARD!!! (Tears in my eyes.) My spoken Spanish is much better than my Spanish reading so I’m reading children’s books or (more fun) this blog, “Life in Spanglish”:

Here’s a taste!

So Kids, Remember to practice your Spanglish!

New Spanglish Words:

MUSHROOM: “When all my family get in the car, there’s not mushroom.”

SHOULDER: “My fren wanted to become a citizen but she didn’t know how so I shoulder.”

TEXAS: “My fren always Texas me when I’m not home wondering where I’m at.”

JULY: “Ju told me ju were going to that store and July to me! Julyer!”

JUAREZ: “One day my gramma snapped at me and I said ‘Juarez your problem?’”

CHICKEN: “I was going to the store with my wife but chicken go herself.”

WHEELCHAIR: “We only have one enchilada left, but don’t worry, wheelchair.”

CHICKEN WING: “My wife plays the lottery so chicken wing.”

HARRASMENT: “My wife caught me in bed with another woman and I told her ‘Honey, harrasment nothing to me!’”

BODY WASH: “I want to go to the club but no body wash my kids.”

Yes, it’s totally cheesy but it made me laugh. Now, I’ve got to go read my People en Español.

3 thoughts on “Life in Spanglish

  1. Have you tried reading a novel or a book you've read in English in Spanish? It's such a struggle, but it definitely helps. Right now I'm battling with “Cuando a la gente buena le pasan cosas malas” I'm also watching my dvds with Spanish subtitles and audio track when available. I also have Spanish for Native Speakers textbooks which I bought on for dirt cheap, but I find textbooks so dreadfully boring. They're good for grammar references and idioms.


  2. OMG… sometimes I think my accent shoould sound like that! 😦 it is difficult to “neutralize” an accent of more that 25 years, and get used to the different phonetics in English…. 🙂


  3. Aliza, thanks so much for mentioning my blog and reading it. I'm now following you too. Glad you enjoyed the lingo! Some things even sound jewish, like “Ay!” and “Oy!” can be used similarly, don't you think? Saludos!


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