What effects does Spanglish have on American politics?
Do you think that whether or not a US presidential candidate speaks Spanish will have any bearing on the outcome of the election?
Spanglish is what happens when Spanish and English is mixed together in the same sentence or series of sentences within a conversation. It is a distortion of Spanish---so to speak. Ted Cruz struggles with Spanish a bit, but Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush are fluent in Spanish---and neither of the two men speak Spanglish--at all!! They speak either English or Spanish quite properly---not Spanglish.
But to answer your question, the answer is "No." Obama got 71% of the Hispanic vote without having to speak Spanish.
My sense is that you may think that it is a "not so good thing" if a candidate speaks Spanish. I would strongly disagree. And in any event, it doesn't make any difference to Spanish speaking people voters. They vote for the Party they believe in and that's pretty much the end of it.
If Jeb Bush addresses a mostly Spanish audience in Spanish, he is simply being respectful. It is nothing for English-only speaking Americans to be alarmed about.
I should know. I am Hispanic. As an aside, I did not vote for Obama and it had nothing to do with Spanish or lack thereof.
For the record: Your statement, "My sense is that you may think that it is a "not so good thing" if a candidate speaks Spanish," couldn't be farther from the truth. ;-) I'm finishing a degree in Spanish. Thanks for sharing your perspective!
That's wonderful. Now you have a better understanding of the term "Spanglish." I live in New Mexico. Spanglish is rampant here. That's why I know that it is not what Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio speak.
Thanks for the reply.
I'm coming to see Spanglish as a scale that runs from English on one side to Spanish on the other side. There are lots of different varieties of Spanglish! It's unfortunate that it's a pejorative term for so many people!
I only know about the New Mexico Spanglish, where 50% of the population is Hispanic. Nevertheless, my take is that it is "improper" Spanish though it has it's charms at times. However, I wouldn't appreciate hearing it from a presidential candidate.
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