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Half-puerto Rican

sometimes i feel like i'm not really puerto rican because i can't really speak spanish. i can understand when others talk to me in spanish, but when it comes time for me to speak i just end up speaking in english because it takes me a while to figure out what to say and how to say it. and i also fear that i speak funny too. my mother was puerto rican but she never taught my brothers and i how to speak spanish. i'm not really sure why...
cgsgirl921 cgsgirl921 18-21, F 16 Responses Oct 21, 2007

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I know how you feel. I'm a 'halfi' too, but I really relate to being latino more than anything else, and we grew up speaking spanglish pero...some of my cousins say s##t like, you're not really PRican, and some of them say "you're really PRican!" I had to square it in my mind not to really care what anyone says positive or negative, I just stay true to myself, accept both parts of my life and yes, work on mejorando mi español, i can speak some and I"m getting better, but not fluent yet. I hate having to speak in front of a lot of people or, for some reason, Latinos that are fluent in both, I feel like, are they thinking I'm a fake? Or I should be better? Or??? yeah, I realize I just cancelled out what I said about not caring!! Hang in there, it's tough isn't it?

Any "half-rican" is just as rican as so many on la isla. Tainos lived there, spaniards arrived, arabs came, germans arrived, irishmen arrived. There's been tons of different people in PR. Puerto Rican is culture. Not DNA. =) In Orocovis there are blonde haired blue eyed ricans. On the coasts there's super dark straight from West Africa ricans. I come from an american Cali born english descent father and a Puerto Rican mother. I live in Florida, speak spanglish, xD visit PR often, eat mi food, and have like I guess light tan skin? But! I taught miself spanish. Like many, mi family doesn't speak spanish in the house for everyday. Soo.. What I'm saying is that a "half-rican" in the States or anywhere else, is no different from the bulk of the people who built the community in PR. Full blooded germans learned spanish to be Conquistadores and settled in PR. Even more came later. Obviously, lots of West Africans were freed on the coast. Um.. Who was it? Freddie Prinze Jr is like 1/4 rican? Still rican though. Cause it's not DNA. Mi kids will probably be 1/4 rican, 2/4 arab, and 1/4 english. But there's a ton of arab ricans, soooo... Don't see a difference..

Paz. ;D

Feel that. Im half rican, I can understand it but when speaking I feel weird. My dad didn't teach us much, I learned from my friends, in school, and most of the guys I've been in relationship with were Puerto rican. I just try to practice alot and teach my nena what I know. Her dad is Puerto rican n he would talk to her in Spanish but he's not around right now. Oh well...

I lived in Puerto Rico the first 12 years of my life. I'm 29 now and still fluent in Spanish although it's not always perfect and I do have a bit of an accent. Most people wouldn't guess I'm Puerto Rican because of the stereotype (darker hair, eyes, skin) and it's hard to trace an accent when I speak English, but I think that's because I grew up bilingual.

I'm half puerto ricAn, I'm white 5'9 with medium brown hair,, I lived and went to school in puerto Rico when i was 7 but don't speak spAnish ,, I do speak a lot of Italian tho

I'm half puerto rican, I lived in puerto Rico for a year when I was 7,, I don't speak any Spanish but I know a lot of Italian, my complexion is very light,, medium brown hair, I'm a white male 20 years old

Somehow I've always known both. When I was small I used to combine the two. I had a white cat that I named Maito Mow! Mouseito Mouse.

I agree, only the older ones spoke spanish among us. I can read it well but I know when to keep my mouth shut.

I hear you. I'm half Puerto Rican (my father's side). I learned most of my Spanish in school. I don't ever think I will ever be 100% comfortable speaking the language.

Hello,that happens to me too ,at times,But my mom would not learn English at all ,I had to learn to speak it anyway.If your still interested to learn it ,you can't worry about how you sound just practice in till you get it .That's what ,I had to do,even now ,I still get corrected on what ,I say and ,I like it cause ill get better on it.I'm grateful for knowing what ,I know it help me get many jobs.you still want to get better ,watch univision27 put the t.v. close caption so you can read what they saying and understand the words what they mean,there's other Spanish channels on cable,it works, try it .Oh,ya,I almost forgot some Spanish words mean something else in different country's!!!good luck hope you got the power to want to learn !!!

Hello,that happens to me too ,at times,But my mom would not learn English at all ,I had to learn to speak it anyway.If your still interested to learn it ,you can't worry about how you sound just practice in till you get it .That's what ,I had to do,even now ,I still get corrected on what ,I say and ,I like it cause ill get better on it.I'm grateful for knowing what ,I know it help me get many jobs.you still want to get better ,watch univision27 put the t.v. close caption so you can read what they saying and understand the words what they mean,there's other Spanish channels on cable,it works, try it .Oh,ya,I almost forgot some Spanish words mean something else in different country's!!!good luck hope you got the power to want to learn !!!

My father is White and my mother is Puerto Rican. He knows more Spanish than most Hispanics so I have no trouble reading, writing, or speaking Spanish. I also speak a lot of Yoruba, the language of my Nigerian ancestors. I am a true Boricua. All Boricuas should learn some Yoruba. I'm 25 and one of the most beautiful Boricuas on this planet, mas hermosa que Jennifer Lopez. I live in Reading, PA but Humacao is my real home.

Im half puerto rican and I have a hard time speaking spanish and I always feel embarassed when people put me on the spot and ask me to say something, but Im good at reading Spanish

Maybe try learning Spanish by singing and learning your favorite song in Spanish, that's how kids learn it, they don't have a grammar book :D Pruebes a ensenar espanol entre las canciones que amas o Viendo una video con subtitulos :D

Soy blanco pero soy boricua , podria a agregarme en fb, soy amable y tengo muchas fotos de puerto Rico

My husband speaks Spanish almost as well as English but he never taught our sons. I told him let's have one day Spanish speaking only in our house so we could all learn a second language. It never happened and they didn't learn the language. Now they are in their 20's and really resent not learning it. My grandson spent most of his early years with his Mexican grandparents and he does speak Spanish.

I know exactly what you mean. I am half PuertoRican and half Mexican. I am light complected and understand more Spanish than I can speak. Just know it does not make you any more or less of what you truly are:which of course is to be proud of where your people come from! My mother hasn't the slightest idea why she felt it wouldn't be useful, but i love her!

It is hard to know and speak spanish well if you are around mostly english speaking people. My brother in law has the same problem. He is from Mexico and came here only knowing Spanish. Now he speaks better English than Spanish.