• Gingrich behind new bilingual news site The Americano

    LatinaLista — With yesterday's Latina Lista news of the latest Latino defection from the GOP, it's interesting that today we're hearing, and seeing, a new bilingual news service dedicated to Latinos. Newt Gingrich What is interesting about this is that the person behind the site is none other than former Speaker of...

  • President Obama’s usage of the term “illegal immigrants” is more than just semantics

    LatinaLista — Whoever created the phrase "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me" was just plain dishonest. Obama delivers his push for healthcare reform to a joint session of Congress. No matter how many times we were taught to let insults "roll off our backs" the...

  • The phrase “Wise Latina” is creating a cottage industry

    LatinaLista — Ever since the Republicans chose to ridicule Sotomayor for her usage of the words "wise Latina" in a speech she gave, it has become the battle cry and impetus for countless "wise Latina" groups to be formed, products created and, in this case, a poem. The following poem written by...

  • Hate speech is alive and well on TV — just ask Pat Buchanan

    LatinaLista — Accusing someone of hate speech can be a delicate accusation to make unless it is blatantly obvious that the intention is meant to incite people to commit violence against others. Otherwise, it can be viewed as someone's personal opinion and certainly falls under the category of free speech as protected...

  • Huffington Post wants to speak Español? But is it necessary?

    LatinaLista — The Dailyjuez blog site is reporting that editors at Huffington Post are looking into the possibility of creating a Spanish version of the site. (An email to the Huffington Post Press spokesman replied to a Latina Lista inquiry that there were no current plans for a Spanish HuffPost.) "We have...

  • Bilingual tax website provides answers to filing online tax returns

    LatinaLista — Do you know what EITC means? If you guessed Earned Income Tax Credit, you don't need to read anymore! BUT if you're like the 20% of people the IRS estimates don't know they're entitled to take the EITC when they get their taxes done, then a new website may help...

  • Another telenovela goes bilingual but show content is better off in one language

    LatinaLista — Remember back in the early days of Ugly Betty when network programmers thought they had found the Holy Grail of Hispanic viewership and all of the major networks went loco ripping off the telenovela format? That they all fell flat and were cancelled seems to be forgotten. Well, another network...

  • Free online site serves as digital classroom for learning English

    LatinaLista — Regardless of the final outcome of what an immigration reform bill looks like, there are two things that are certain — 12 million people will not be deported and 12 million people will have to master speaking English. One of the biggest fallacies perpetuated by people who are against allowing...

  • Latino comedian takes Spanglish mainstream

    LatinaLista — Comedian Bill Santiago is well known for using language to make people laugh. Now in his new book Pardon My Spanglish: One Man's Guide to Speaking Habla (Quirk Books 2008), Santiago applies that comedic talent while serving as historian, teacher and translator as he guides readers through understanding the evolution...

  • Debate site lets people get involved with the political process — in two languages

    LatinaLista — In case you hadn't heard, there's a presidential debate tonight and both candidates will be there linguistically duking it out to show who has a better handle on foreign policy. Yet, since it is the 21st Century, the days of just sitting on the couch, watching the debate and yelling...

  • New children’s book blog targets bilingual books and songs

    LatinaLista — There's a new book blog in cyberspace these days. Yet, unlike Latina Lista's own Bookshelf that basically reviews non-fiction books for the adult market, the Latin Baby Book Club (LBBC) reviews books — can you guess — for children. Yet, the LBBC has more than just book reviews. The site...

  • Spanish words are the keys to releasing new lock

    LatinaLista — In this Internet age, everyone averages at least 5-10 passwords. When it comes to remembering passwords, words are a lot easier to remember than a number combo, unless it's a special date. So, news that there is now a device that lets people set words to unlock it versus rotating...

  • Accents rule: Spanish-speaking internet site gains victory over “typo squatter”

    LatinaLista — The internet has long been associated as the (forgive the pun) domain of the United States, or English-speaking countries. Why? Well, for one thing — the language. Creating domain names in English is no big deal. English is straightforward using only letters. There are no tildes or accents that hover...

  • An easy test of rhetoric to prove the sincerity of one presidential contender

    LatinaLista — As the presidential candidates stumped their way across the country from LULAC to NCLR, delivering a slightly altered version of a speech they gave the week before, Latino voters, as all voters, are faced with an interesting dilemma. The dilemma is trying to decide who is more sincere when delivering...

  • Boston makes learning English a city-wide project

    LatinaLista — One fallacy of the illegal immigration debate is that undocumented immigrants don't want to learn English. Across the country there are stories of how undocumented immigrants are so desperate to learn English that they will work all night, get off in the early morning and either head home to check...

  • New site lets Spanish-speakers sign up to receive wireless AMBER alerts

    LatinaLista — While English is the main language of the United States, the second most widely used language is Spanish. So it makes sense that when there is an urgent situation that needs ALL of the public's attention and help, that the information is in Spanish, as well as, English. One of...

  • Guest Voz: Latino BBC Correspondent Makes Cross-Country Discovery about Who Are U.S. Latinos

    By Jose Baig Jose Baig is one-half of the BBC Mundo team —¿Hablas español? — which recently finished a unique experiment exploring the presence of Hispanics and the use of Spanish in the United States. While on the road, Jose Baig checks email and updates the blog site for the project “¿Hablas...

  • New Bilingual Sesame Street Videos Reach Out to Military Families

    LatinaLista — From March 19, 2003 through April 5, 2008, there were a total of 429 Latino soldiers, across all military branches, killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom — overall, 4,005 soldiers were killed during this time frame. From March 19, 2003 through April 5, 2008, there were 1,924 Latino soldiers who returned...

  • Puerto Rican “Decimista” Lourdes Perez featured in new online film series promoting artists

    LatinaLista — Puerto Rican artist, Lourdes Perez, is described as a "recording artist, songwriter, composer, arranger, poet, vocalist and guitarist." Yet, she is also only one of a handful of female decimistas. Decima is a specialized form of Spanish poetry. Lourdes has become world renown for her treatment and performance of the...

  • New bilingual Tarot card reading site mixes technology with ancient practice for fun insight into the future

    LatinaLista — Some believe the Tarot cards had their origin in the western world in Spain. Others believe Italy, but all those who believe agree that the Tarot cards can open the window into how your destiny is to unfold. In the United States, bilingual Tarot card readers aren't that easy to...

  • Merry Christmas Cannot be Said in Just One Language in the United States

    LatinaLista — Because we are a nation of immigrants, we have the special opportunity of being able to say Merry Christmas in many different languages. (This link provides 350 translations of how to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.) In the spirit of who makes this country, Latina Lista wishes everyone:

  • Republicans were in a “Political Sanctuary” for Spanish-Language Debate

    LatinaLista — The Republican presidential candidates are probably breathing a sigh of relief now that the Univision forum in Miami-Dade County is done. Republican presidential candidates gather before the start of the Univision Forum. (Source: Univision) Yet, unlike the Democratic forum, this one underscored the "elephant in the living room" issue that...

  • Bilingual ABC Book Teaches Appreciation for Both Language and Art

    LatinaLista — It used to be ABC books were just for pre-schoolers learning the letters of the alphabet and growing their vocabulary with very simple words. A for apple. B for bus. C for cat — you get the idea. The ABC book was characterized for its colorful and eye-catching illustrations of...

  • Guest Voz: Azteca America’s Chairman Explains Why New English Programming Shouldn’t be Translated into Support for English-Only Debate

    By Luis J. Echarte LatinaLista The Azteca America television network has a presence in 60 markets across the United States and currently ranks fourth among Spanish-language networks broadcasting in the country. Recently, Azteca America has been in the headlines because of a new initiative to launch a 60-hour series of English classes...

  • Historians Agree: Spanish was Language of Choice at First Thanksgiving. So Why Don’t We Know?

    LatinaLista — It's a chapter in history that historians have known about since 1965 but nobody likes to rock the boat  especially when that boat is the esteemed Mayflower. In 1965, historian Michael Gannon revealed that 56 years before the Pilgrim's Thanksgiving at Plymouth Rock, there was one held at St. Augustine,...