Tuesday, August 18, 2009

So You Think You Really Know Spanish

[Editor's note: Diestepedia is a wiki of Hispanic phrases and culture created by Dieste. From time to time, we'll pick up an entry as the agency works its way through the alphabet. "Authenticity" was the first entry and "Bicultural" the second.]

As Diestepedia moves along the alphabet, it is time to tackle the ever eloquent "E" for Español. The Spanish language is the second most-common language in the U.S. after English. According to the 2007 Census American Community Survey, Spanish is the primary language spoken at home by more than 34 million people in the U.S.

At first glance, "Español" may seem like a fairly straightforward word. But when we really explore the role that language plays in the U.S. Hispanic experience, the richness begins to emerge.

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