Saturday, November 26

Spanish language loss in US-born Latinos as generations advance

Ana Gore grew up learning English and Spanish simultaneously. At home, her Peruvian mother de ella would primarily talk to her de ella in Spanish, while her de ella American father spoke to her in English.

But early on in life, Gore lost her fluency in Spanish. Her family de ella in Peru did not expect her to speak the language, and when she did, it was “a big deal—it was just not the kind of attention that I wanted.” And she compared her level of fluency de ella to her older sister’s Spanish.

“She kind of had this basically, like, perfect Spanish and I was far enough behind that it was kind of that feeling of like shame that, if I wasn’t able to do it perfectly, I shouldn’t do it at all, said Gore, a 20-year-old college student in Chicago.

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