Why Do Some Bilingual Mexicans Deny Speaking English?

Why Do Some Bilingual Mexicans Deny Speaking English?

Dear Mexican: I'm a half-mexicana, half-gabacha working as an appointment scheduler in a medical office. I'm one of a handful of schedulers there who speak Spanish. I've noticed that often when a Spanish-speaking patient calls, gets a schedulers who doesn't speak español and waits for someone to call them back ... the patient actually speaks English well. I call back speaking in English and they respond in English. I don't mind speaking Spanish but it makes me wonder why anyone would want to waste precious time to get their health situated by not speaking English. Chiquita Curiosa

Dear Pocha: Sometimes, Mexicans who can speak English pretend not to so they can gain an advantage over their gabacho adversaries — the classic "No espeak English" ruse. Other times, the English-knowing Mexican will still prefer Spanish because they can be more exact. That seems to be the case here, especially given you're in a medical profession and some Mexican health practices just don't translate well into the King's English.

For those of us living in California, the FIFA World Cup is a big deal. Since we have such a huge Mexican population, is it a safe bet that they root for the U.S. team along Mexico? I place my hopes on Mexico once the Americans get the boot in the first round. Couldn't we get a little more love going for our SoCal community by making our support in the World Cup international? Soccer Gabacho

Dear Gabacho: Historically, no Mexican in the U.S. would ever root for los Estados Unidos — not because it was traitorous, but mostly because the team was middling at best and uber-gabacho. That has changed in the past generation, as the U.S. has not only become a mid-level power that consistently whips Mexico's ass, but also because the squad is now diverse. At the same time, El Tri has underachieved. Most Mexican-Americans will still root for Mexico over the U.S., but there's at least a grudging respect for the norteamericano side. Nevertheless, I don't see a fruitful Mundial for either team, so Mexicans will probably do what they did during the last cup: suddenly discover their Spanish roots, and go for the gachupines.

 
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buzzbaker3
buzzbaker3

By the way we have lived in Detroit Michigan for 125 years this year and would never consider moving anywhere and are looking forward to another century and so on, and none of us resemble your cartoon!

buzzbaker3
buzzbaker3

Dear Dallas Observer as a Mexican American who's family is celebrating their 125th year as Americans we find your cartoon depiction offensive and typical of how you show America that Mexican Americans are something to make fun of, if you cant show something positive then don't show it at all....Oh and by the way we dont speak a word of Spanish!

lifeiznuts2
lifeiznuts2

I'm curious as to why the "Observer" would use such a stereotypically negative cartoon representing a Mexican.  I doubt many Mexicans look like that.  A cartoon of that nature automatically sets a tone of negative bias.  I thought news services were supposed to be as objective as possible.  As for your response to the question about which language is used, the only sentence necessary would have been this one:  "Other times, the English-knowing Mexican will still prefer Spanish because they can be more exact."

 
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