America

Spanish here in IL & our Forgotten Spanish

The increasing number of Spanish speakers here in America is not a new phenomenon. It is the second most spoken language in the country with a 200% increase in number of speakers since the early 80’s. Relatives working in medical facilities told me that the older generation of Latino immigrants only spoke Spanish at home which […]

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Historia | Makati

Gomez joins us for this Podcast!

I’ve known Sr. Gomez for 7 years now. But to this day I’m still learning new things from this man. His mind is a gold mine! Two years ago he told me that we’re related. I told him that’d be hard to prove. A few months later he showed me this book with detailed family trees of the […]

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Pidgin Spanish and Ms. Fee

mary helen fee, thomasites, spanish philippines “We had picked up the vernacular of the street carromate in Manila. This is simple. It consosts of the sigue, para, derecho, mano, and silla. For the benefit of such readers as do not understand pidgin Spanish, it may be explained that these words signify, respectively, “go on,” “stop,” […]

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THE THOMASITES AND SPANISH

tag: pio andrade jr., thomasites, spanish philippines THE THOMASITES AND SPANISH The Thomasites were the American teachers who staffed Philippine public schools during the early American period. They were so-called because most of them came to the country in the U.S.S. Thomas, a transport ship. The Thomasites taught English to Filipino students in the public […]

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Bamboo Spanish

tag: pio andrade jr, spanish philippines, thomasite,  philippine american war BAMBOO SPANISH   How did the American soldiers in the Philippine-American War manage to make themselves understood by the Filipinos in the absence of an interpreter? Answer: By speaking “Bamboo Spanish,” which was also called “Soldier’s Spanish”, or “Pack-Train Spanish.”  By far, Bamboo Spanish is […]

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