Category Archives: Spanish

Catalonian Crisis: Is Language the Root of Nationality?

The story of Catalonia is a complicated one, but it is one heck of a fascinating linguistic phenomenon. Catalan plays a fundamental role in the region’s debate for independence, serving not only as fuel for the opposition but as the highest expression of identity. Before we dive into cultural debates, I want to make it(…)


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(…)


Gibraltar: Are We Still in the UK?

When you hear The Rock, we are sure your first thoughts fly to the one and only Dwayne Johnson; former WWE wrestler, current actor, all-round sweetheart if what The Internet tells us is true. But no, we’re not thinking about that The Rock, although we are sure he’d be lovely company on holiday. No, The(…)


The 6 Hardest Things about Learning Spanish

  Rounding out to some 400 million people worldwide, Spanish is the second-largest language in the world in terms of native speakers (after Mandarin Chinese). Native Spanish speakers, who simply acquire the language effortlessly at a young age, have it easy. For the rest of us, however, learning Spanish involves a great deal of studying(…)