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Old 12-13-2012, 05:22 PM
 
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I'm curious to see what people in Spanish speaking countries think of the Spanish spoken in the US.

There are about 45 million Spanish speakers in the US which is more than any country besides Mexico, Colombia and Spain.

Generational and socio-economic factors come into play, along with the incorporation of English words/phrases/structure. Also, most kids here don't have access to formal language instruction in Spanish so that influences the language as well.

I think of this every time I ride the bus here and see written on the door: Espere la señal. Luego habra la puerta.
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:15 AM
 
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Well I suppose the big Spanish speaking population finally makes influence, I think if you live in a country which language is whatever you must speak that language, but if there is a big social group it is nice to have languages convivence.

The Spanish spoken in the US is sometimes gramatically uncorrect, I've heard things like "te llamo para atras" (I phone you back)
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Old 12-14-2012, 05:29 AM
 
Location: East of the Mississippi and South of Bluegrass
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Well I suppose the big Spanish speaking population finally makes influence, I think if you live in a country which language is whatever you must speak that language, but if there is a big social group it is nice to have languages convivence. convenience

The Spanish spoken in the US is sometimes gramatically uncorrect, I've heard things like "te llamo para atras" (I phone you back)
just like you will sometimes find that the English which is spoken/written by people whose first language is not English...is grammatically incorrect as well; it happens! But I like to think that at least an attempt at communication by anyone speaking a foreign language is more important than how perfectly it is done...just my opinion.

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Old 12-14-2012, 07:13 AM
 
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just like you will sometimes find that the English which is spoken/written by people whose first language is not English...is grammatically incorrect as well; it happens! But I like to think that at least an attempt at communication by anyone speaking a foreign language is more important than how perfectly it is done...just my opinion.

Best regards, sincerely

HomeIsWhere...
The problem are the literal translations, not really spelling or even grammar mistakes.

By the way what languages can you speak?
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:09 AM
 
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Catbelle probably was not talking about Americans who speak Spanish as a second language, but of those who have it as their native language.

In that case, she was right.
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:32 AM
 
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Catbelle probably was not talking about Americans who speak Spanish as a second language, but of those who have it as their native language.

In that case, she was right.
Exactly, the influence is really big so sometimes the Spanish language is "killed" in some aspects. I am not sure if there are too many United Statians who learn Spanish as a second language anyway, or any other second language not inherited by family or ancestors.
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:00 AM
 
Location: On a Long Island in NY
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Exactly, the influence is really big so sometimes the Spanish language is "killed" in some aspects. I am not sure if there are too many United Statians who learn Spanish as a second language anyway, or any other second language not inherited by family or ancestors.
I don't know how it is elsewhere but here in New York foreign language classes are mandatory in order to get a high school diploma. Spanish is the most common followed by French, and then Italian; some school districts may have other choices such as German, Mandarin, etc.

Additionally in the US territory (which is now on the path to become the nation's 51st state) of Puerto Rico roughly 95% of the population speaks Spanish as a first language.
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Mid Atlantic USA
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I don't know how it is elsewhere but here in New York foreign language classes are mandatory in order to get a high school diploma. Spanish is the most common followed by French, and then Italian; some school districts may have other choices such as German, Mandarin, etc.

Additionally in the US territory (which is now on the path to become the nation's 51st state) of Puerto Rico roughly 95% of the population speaks Spanish as a first language.

No it's not. Stop trying to mislead people. The majority of people in PR do not want it to be a state.
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:56 PM
 
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Broken Spanish is often spoken by Mexico and other Centro American Countries. Colombia is the best Country known for speaking a correct Spanish.
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:15 PM
 
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Broken Spanish is often spoken by Mexico and other Centro American Countries. Colombia is the best Country known for speaking a correct Spanish.
What is "broken" spanish?
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