I Am Hispanic But Don't Speak Spanish

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    Glad I'm not alone. My grandmother has said I'm

    not Puerto Rican, I'm American because of this. My mom says I speak Spanish like aMexican, yet I'm the only one from my family generation trying to learn. My brother nor my cousins receive half the mocking and scorn I receive. It also comes from the Latinos who come into my job...
    EVazquez EVazquez
    26-30, M
    Oct 9, 2014


    I Was Born in Tampa, but raised in the carribean. (Cayman islands) <--where my dad is from. My mom is from honduras which me haft latino and my dad is white. They both were living in Tampa until they had me and my lil sis and then moved here. People consider me Hispanic but i...
    1 Response Jan 18, 2013

    I speak some Spanish

    but I am not fluent and have a heavy American accent. I work in customer service and try to help my peeps but damn SOME of them are just rude and get upset when I don't speak perfect Spanish. I don't get it. There's not many Spanish speaker where I work so I'm always called to...
    finallypresent finallypresent
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Apr 18, 2014

    The only person in the family

    that still knows zero Spanish. Although I have been surrounded by others that speak it, I just never picked it up.
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    1 Response Mar 27, 2015

    I only know what I learned in school.

    I can read it fairly well, I have a decent vocabulary, and I sound like a native speaker when I read out loud or recite, but I have an insanely hard time hearing, comprehending and conversing. I can't conjugate on the fly, and freeze up if someone tries to talk to me in Spanish...
    ShesAVeryKinkyGirl ShesAVeryKinkyGirl
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Apr 18, 2014

    "Fake Puerto Rican"

    That was a common name I was called in middle school and grade school, along with "gringo," "White boy," "a disgrace (to Latinos)," and so on. And for what? Something that's not even my fault? How am I supposed to know Spanish when my parents don't...
    Sebaztian12 Sebaztian12
    15 Responses Aug 13, 2009

    My Dilemma

    I know this story exactly. I am the daughter of an American woman and a Cuban man. I was raised in America and never got taught Spanish because my father didn't think it was important for us to know. I am pale with red hair and most people think I'm Irish. But I've never felt...
    leti leti
    26-30, F
    1 Response Nov 4, 2008


    I am so glad that there are other people out there that go through this.  See I am 1/2 Mexican, and 1/2 Irish.  And I look Irish.  So when I tell people that I am 1/2 Mexican, they are like, "So you speak Spanish?  That's so cool."  And then I am like...
    BamaBabe87 BamaBabe87
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Feb 16, 2010

    I'm A Chicano Who Speaks Spanish Poorly Grew Up In A City That The Majority Is Hispanic.

    I grew up in a household that just spoke Spanish. Me and my sister started elementary school at the same time. We hardly knew any English but by the time I was in Second grade I was speaking English primarily and my Spanish turned to mush. I don't understand it completely but...
    Jeusislife Jeusislife
    41-45, M
    Jul 21, 2012

    And everyone automatically assumes I should

    know spanish. But why when I was born and raised in the United States my whole life.
    imOddlyshy imOddlyshy
    31-35, F
    1 Response May 15, 2015
    chocolatecrazy9010 chocolatecrazy9010
    16-17, F
    Sep 1, 2015

    i can understand it and read it slowly

    and speak it but i don't know all the words and sometimes when i watch television i feel like there speaking to fast,i was raised in the states so after elementary school which was bilingual,i went to an american middle school and they discouraged it to they don't like you...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Oct 13, 2015

    I've Had To Teach Myself Spanish Even Though I'm First Generation Of Latin Descent

    So my mom never taught us kids spanish. She felt the pressure to speak english, but sadly, she would get a lot of stuff from her family for not teaching us english. Trapped between 2 sets of expectations! I wish she had taught us, but she didn't , altho I'm amazed at how much I...
    NatalieLuisa NatalieLuisa
    2 Responses Aug 6, 2013

    shitttt I really wish I could speak Spanish I

    feel like a disgrace.. lol I'm Colombian and Puerto Rican ..I mean I understand a little Spanish but my pronunciation is horrible , ..but I will learn it one day that's for sure :)
    m3ll3900 m3ll3900
    22-25, F
    May 14, 2015

    I Feel Ya

    My parents are both native speakers of Spanish, born in Cuba and Bolivia respectively.  For several stupid reasons, they stopped speaking Spanish at home, so I forgot it after about age 4 and never got it back (until now, but it feels too little too late).  I...
    lalenya lalenya
    4 Responses Oct 24, 2008

    I'm ok at Spanish. I could make my way around

    if I was stuck in Mexico or Cuba or Dominican Republic. Certain accents I have a hard time understanding like Peruvian Spanish and Argentinian Spanish. Those are accents I'm not used to hearing. Any Caribbean accent I can understand because I'm used to hearing cuban Spanish...
    NotApplicable NotApplicable
    22-25, F
    1 Response Oct 12, 2014

    I mean I can say "taco",

    but that's about it.
    MrPepperTen MrPepperTen
    18-21, M
    1 Response May 14, 2015

    Im Hispanic...aren't I?

    My father is CostaRican n my mother is American...I was raised in CR until I was 7, but then my parent's divorced n my mom brought me back to the USA to live with her side of the family...I had spoken spanish only up until that point, but once arriving here, my acclimation to...
    MariMissQueen MariMissQueen
    18-21, F
    6 Responses Jul 26, 2008

    i am learning how to speak spanish .

    i can pronounce the words well. The reason why I cant speak spanish is because i was born and raised in Houston , Texas , USA . so , i learned English instead of spanish. i know most of my colors . Green = verde . and indigo = indigo , pink = roseatta , blue = azul , red = rojo...
    omggummybears omggummybears
    13-15, F
    1 Response Dec 26, 2015

    This truly gets on my nerves,

    how are you "Spanish" but don't speak Spanish. Sorry buddy you are Americano! Si tu no reconoces tu idioma principal tu pierdes muchas oportunidades! 💋👊
    diggistory diggistory
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jan 20, 2014

    Dr&pr 4life

    Hey what up what's going on... I am proud yeah I said it proud 100% to Blessed to read speak write and undastand spanish that's something I wouldn't trade for nothing en el mundo! I'm not here tryin bragg but that's just something I am most greatful for* cuz as dark as I am mass...
    dman99 dman99
    18-21, M
    May 5, 2011


    the sad and frustrating thing to be hispanic and not speak spanish is the feeling of alienation. my parents had good intentions but overlooked the consequences. when i was 4 years old i did not know english and when i was 6 years old i did not know spanish. i did retain...
    twicearound twicearound
    3 Responses Jan 18, 2011

    "sorry Excuse For A Hispanic"

    At my high school, we have a bunch of Hispanics fluent in Spanish. Two of my friends are Venezuelan, both fluent, my other friend is Colombian, also fluent. Both my parents are Hispanic, and I only know a little bit of Spanish. I can sometimes understand what my friends are...
    RissaTheDork RissaTheDork
    13-15, F
    1 Response Nov 30, 2009

    I hardly speak Spanish.

    I just don't use it wear I live much. I use it at work sometimes but that's about it.
    NotApplicable NotApplicable
    22-25, F
    Jun 19, 2014

    I Don't Speakey the Spinich

    I am lost with Spanish.  Everyone assumes I am able to speak Spanish because my surname is Garcia.  It causes many problems/confusion.  I was chosen for some of my positions because people who chose me assumed they were getting 2 for 1, a worker and translator...
    Nokewlnameyet Nokewlnameyet
    56-60, M
    1 Response Oct 29, 2008

    American Mexican.

    I say that I am an American Mexican instead of a Mexican American because I don't know Spanish. I wish that I did though. Then I think that I could meet more people that way. There are a lot of Mexicans who come up to me, talking to me in Spanish, and I ...
    minnie22mouse minnie22mouse
    18-21, F
    1 Response Nov 6, 2008

    American Hispanic- 1st

    Growing up in a Anglo socority never really having my Hispanic nationality, freinds and of course boy freinds. and of course not specking fluently. Just to have moved in my late teen 1 out of so so many sibling went to Angelo why did my parents take me to a over populated...
    icuao2 icuao2
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Feb 15, 2010
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