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Mock Spanish in Skippyjon Jones

The widely read Skippyjon Jones series of children’s picture books (Schachner 2003) presents Mock Spanish to the preschool set. Lots of material available on the website:  http://www.skippyjonjones.com/ My name is Skippito Friskito. I fear not a single bandito. My manners … Continue reading

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Jimmy Smits SNL skit

This is the famous Jimmy Smits SNL skit that Jane Hill talks about in her discussion of Mock Spanish. (you will need to subscribe to Hulu plus to watch the video) http://www.hulu.com/watch/281246/saturday-night-live-enchilada

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Justice Sotomayor’s name

On the “Late Show,” David Letterman aired a new segment in 2009 called the “Sonia Sotomayor Pronunciation Round-Up.” The video, found at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/02/lettermans-sonia-sotomayo_n_210264.html shows the myriad ways talking heads and anchors alike have screwed up the name of the would-be Supreme Court … Continue reading

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The Mexican movie trailer

In the trailer for the movie The Mexican, Brad Pitt says “el trucko” “towno” and “muy muy important.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apCvmjRDAMw [UPDATE 1/23/2016: The URL originally linked to is not working. Try the version below.]

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Rob Gronkowski “Yo soy fiesta”

In this interview for ESPN Deportes, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski attempts to speak some Spanish and ends the interview by saying, “Yo soy fiesta” (I am party). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0jne_g5IO4 Two Sports Hub radio announcers created this youtube party anthem inspired … Continue reading

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Mock Spanish in Terminator 2

In this clip, John Connor gives the T-800 a lesson in Mock Spanish: “no problemo,” “hasta la vista,” “dickwad” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNo4yehpezc Here the Terminator uses the Mock Spanish he learned at the end of the movie. Note the use of “adios” vs “goodbye”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsTzX2-4Kmw … Continue reading

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Sotomayor “You have lots of splainin to do”

“You have lots of ‘splaining to do”…  Senator Tom Corburn (R-Oklahoma) interrupted Supreme Court candidate Sonia Sotomayor’s explanation about gun laws with this phrase, which echoes what Ricky Ricardo used to say to Lucy on the television show “I Love Lucy” … Continue reading

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Glee “The Spanish Teacher” episode

This episode of Glee is all about negotiating the Spanish language in an English-dominant US high school. There are some great examples of indexicality and lines that could be considered Mock Spanish. The episode can be accessed on hulu: http://www.hulu.com/watch/326451/glee-the-spanish-teacher Moments … Continue reading

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Gingrich and the language of prosperity

Newt Gingrich argues against bilingual education because English is “the language of prosperity, not the language of living in a ghetto.”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rF694NzjPU Here is his “apology” in gringo spanish:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=wjHa1JHiHFU

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