I confess that I’ve been avoiding some “estadounidismos” in my own work

While I am quick to affirm that I live in a Spanish-speaking country and to embrace the diversity and characteristics of U.S. Spanish, I have been slow to adopt certain “estadounidismos“ in my bilingual communications work. I recently had the privilege of appearing as a guest on the podcast Entre Dos to discuss what it means whenContinue reading “I confess that I’ve been avoiding some “estadounidismos” in my own work”

Campoy-Ada Prize for children’s literature published in Spanish in the U.S.

There is a growing body of children’s literature published in Spanish here in the U.S., whether original books or translations of books written in English (or other languages). Earlier this year, the Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española (ANLE) announced the second-ever round of winners of the annual Premio Campoy-Ada. The goal of this prizeContinue reading “Campoy-Ada Prize for children’s literature published in Spanish in the U.S.”

Tertulia Podcast presents “Inmersos/Immersed”

"Inmersos/"Immersed" – a two-part series about the boom in #Spanish #immersion education programs in West Michigan schools. Part 1 in Spanish, Part 2 in English. Start here: https://t.co/kRqBIvT8it #duallanguageeducation (Photo/Foto: Luis Marina) pic.twitter.com/VEfJFrRJQ6 — tertulia (@TertuliaTweets) July 9, 2018 In the first part of this series about the Spanish immersion education boom in West Michigan,Continue reading “Tertulia Podcast presents “Inmersos/Immersed””

Kitchen Spanish update – podcast collaboration with Racist Sandwich

Several months ago, I wrote about the linguistic phenomenon known as Kitchen Spanish. I wanted to dig a little deeper, so I pitched a segment to the podcast, Racist Sandwich, and they were up for it! My own podcast, Tertulia, is in Spanish, so this is my first reported audio story in (mostly) English. In the pieceContinue reading “Kitchen Spanish update – podcast collaboration with Racist Sandwich”

Kitchen Spanish

In his book Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain admonishes any readers who hope to have a career as a chef to learn Spanish. He finds it so imperative that he lists it as the second recommendation after “Be fully committed.” “Much of the workforce in the industry you are about the enter is Spanish-speaking. The veryContinue reading “Kitchen Spanish”

An article about the world of podcasting in Spanish

I recently had the privilege to write an article for the podcasting newsletter Bello Collective about the world of podcasting in Spanish. For the article, I interviewed (via email) Carolina Guerrero, CEO of Radio Ambulante, and Patricio Lopardo, of Unión Podcastera. I hope you enjoy it. Click here to read “Are We on the CuspContinue reading “An article about the world of podcasting in Spanish”

New episode of Tertulia podcast – ¿Dónde estamos parados?

The latest episode of Tertulia is a conversation with Leticia Molinero, professional translator and member of the Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española. Among other things, we talked about how taking a rigorous approach to analyzing U.S. Spanish and coming up with standardized language can play a role in resolving the communication crisis that our country faces inContinue reading “New episode of Tertulia podcast – ¿Dónde estamos parados?”

Introducing Tertulia, the podcast

Last year, I started to think (and write) about the need for more institutions and spaces where Spanish speakers can engage practically, culturally, and intellectually with Spanish in the real world. Eventually, I started to develop a podcast in Spanish — and I got a big boost in motivation when Radio Ambulante was picked up by NPRContinue reading “Introducing Tertulia, the podcast”

Felicidades a Radio Ambulante (y a NPR)

This past weekend NPR announced that it would be promoting and distributing the Radio Ambulante podcast on its platforms starting on November 22 — o sea, ¡en una semana exacta! Big congrats to the entire Radio Ambulante team. NPR also deserves to be congratulated for making the decision to incorporate Spanish-language programming into their line-up. Radio AmbulanteContinue reading “Felicidades a Radio Ambulante (y a NPR)”

Spanish surnames, indigenous languages

In the United States, the Spanish language is often used as an identifying marker for U.S.-born Latinos and Latin American newcomers, whether they speak it or not — because not all Latinos speak Spanish, and I am not just referring to later-generation descendants of Spanish-speaking people. There are 45 million indigenous people in Latin America, and manyContinue reading “Spanish surnames, indigenous languages”