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Unread 02-13-2009, 06:52 PM
 
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You're right, in the U.S., "hispanic" is seen as a "race," which does nothing, IMO, but cause even further divisiveness and adds to the ignorance.
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Unread 02-13-2009, 06:59 PM
 
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. I like the spanish language and how much easier it is for me to understand other languages across the world because I know spanish.
True - knowing ANY of the Romance languages does seem to help one understand (or at least make a good guess at) the other Romance languages. I speak only truly basic Spanish, but am much better at French... the French does help me understand Spanish.
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Unread 02-13-2009, 07:36 PM
 
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Oui.
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Unread 02-13-2009, 07:38 PM
 
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True - knowing ANY of the Romance languages does seem to help one understand (or at least make a good guess at) the other Romance languages. I speak only truly basic Spanish, but am much better at French... the French does help me understand Spanish.
I find Spanish really mucks up my French. I can make the word out by reading it (and I studied Latin way back when, which helps with all the romance languages) but I keep pronouncing French words with a Spanish accent.
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Unread 02-13-2009, 10:24 PM
 
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True - knowing ANY of the Romance languages does seem to help one understand (or at least make a good guess at) the other Romance languages. I speak only truly basic Spanish, but am much better at French... the French does help me understand Spanish.
Portuguese was so confusing for me to try to learn. As far as I was concerned it was f'd up Spanish. Not that I speak the language, but, Italian is easier for me to understand than a few of the other Romance languages.
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Unread 02-15-2009, 07:03 AM
 
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In short... hispanic is not a race but a ethnicity based on family origins in Spanish held/conquered lands in the Americas... though I know a few Spaniards in spain who don't like that they cannot themselves be reffered to as hispanics.
Wow, this is interesting. I had no idea. My grandfather was born in Spain but his family moved to Puerto Rico, where my grandfather met and married my grandmother. I have no idea about her parents. So my father is only half-hispanic?

I've never liked to check any boxes. My mom is from Germany so there's never a box that fits me. LOL
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