Aaron Polanco

The Coconut: Rising Above the Shame of Being a Second Generation Language Learner

“You’re not really Mexican. You can barely speak Spanish. You’re more like a coconut, brown on the outside, white on the inside.” You can laugh, just not too hard. As a second generation Mexican American raised in predominantly white neighborhoods, I’ve heard it all.   Language is powerful Strong command of a second language can(…)


Right Swiping Your Way to a Second Language

Allow me to introduce myself: My name is Aaron and I am an American living and studying in Barcelona, Spain.   Ever since moving abroad, my answer to the inescapable “de donde eres” question has strategically shifted from ‘the U.S.’ to ‘California.’ I must admit, it’s a great strategy. As soon as the word leaves(…)