¿Qué es Spanglish?

Posted by Lindsay Geoffroy


“Spanglish” is a term that entered the American lexicon many years ago; in fact, there is a (not so terrible) Adam Sandler film of the same name which was released in 2004. In the movie, an American couple and their Mexican housekeeper clash over language, culture, and child-rearing methods. So, what exactly is Spanglish, anyway?

Spanglish, as you may infer from the word, is the mixing of Spanish and English colloquialisms to create a sort of hybrid language. Although not considered by most to be a full-fledged language just yet, Spanglish is widely used by Latino-Americans, and is especially prevalent in the southern part of the United States. The advent of Spanglish allows for those living in two cultures (Hispanic and American) to blend them more easily.

Spanglish Terms

Here are some common Spanglish terms that may get used in everyday life.

Parquear: to park (as opposed to the traditional Spanish “estacionar”)

El shopping: the mall (as opposed to the traditional Spanish “el centro comercial”)

Janguer: to hang out (as opposed to the traditional Spanish “pasar el rato”)

Lonche: lunch (as opposed to the traditional Spanish “almuerzo”)

Jamberger: hamburger (as opposed to the traditional Spanish “hamburguesa”)

Taguear: to tag, in a social media setting (as opposed to the traditional Spanish “etiquetear”)

Mandar un inbox: to send a Facebook message (as opposed to the traditional Spanish “mandar un mensaje”)

Googlear: to Google!

What is the Future of Spanglish?

With over 37 million speakers, Spanish is currently the most spoken non-English language (according to pewresearch.org). In addition, Hispanics currently make up 37% of the U.S. population, and that percentage is steadily rising. As the two largest languages in the U.S., it makes sense that Spanish and English would make contact, leading to a fusion of languages. With the influx of Hispanic immigrants, it appears as though Spanglish is here to stay, and will probably grow to include even more phrases as the world around us evolves.

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