Main Page | See live article | Alphabetical index

Spanglish

Spanglish is a pidgin of Spanish and English, used in communities where useful terms may be drawn from both languages. Like other pidgins, Spanglish is a product of close border contacts or large bilingual communities, as in the United States-Mexico border, Florida or New York City.

The term may also refer to non-native Spanish speakers trying to make English words sound more "Spanish-y" when they do not have sufficient vocabulary. For example, "Yo quiero the bathroomo" ("I want the bathroom").

See also Languages in the United States , Yanito from Gibraltar , inglÚs de escalerilla in the Spanish Mediterranean coast.