Why are there so many English first names in Puerto Rico?

Adolfo   Wed Aug 22, 2007 7:11 pm GMT
Frijoles is a word, not a castilian Spanish word, but it is used in Hispanic America and means beans. Perhaps they drop the final -s and pronounce "frijole", just like southern Spaniards do.
furrykef   Wed Aug 22, 2007 11:50 pm GMT
<< I dont think any Spanish-speaker would pronounce "Frijole" as "Frijolee", in fact that's not even a word >>

Yes, that was my point. English speakers often pronounce it that way; Spanish speakers don't.

- Kef
Tiffany   Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:48 am GMT
Italians would pronounce the "e" in "frijole" correctly as it is the same sound in Italian. I don't find the "-ue" in Spanish difficult nor do I think do most English Speakers, but I am familiar with the anglicized "Porto Rico". I also don't think changing the spelling will help anything, I just think the "ue" sound is uncommon in English, thus the anglicized version does not include it.

BTW - "Bean" in Italian is "fagiole" (pl. fagioli).
Guest   Wed Aug 29, 2007 10:46 am GMT
Why are there so many English first names in Puerto Rico? It's because Puerto Rico along with Mexico, and Central America are rapidly being anglicized.

According to survey 20% of Panamanians speak English as their first language.

About 80% of Costa Ricans speak English as second language with perfect American accent.

Majority of the Mexicans especially along the border with the US speak impeccable English although with noticeable accent.

I think with the prestige of the English language, most of the people in these countries will have English either as their second or first language.
Franco   Wed Aug 29, 2007 11:13 am GMT
No importa. La verdadera lingua franca de todas las Americas es el español, y no el inglés.

El español es el primer o segundo idioma de todos los paises americanos, excepto Canada, donde ya lo hablan 0,5 millones de personas.

El español es la segunda lengua de USA (50 millones de personas) y la primera o segunda de todos los demas. Es hablado por unos 400 millones en las Americas. El ingles es hablado por unos 325 millones, siendo la segunda más hablada.

Me voy a psicoanalizar a mi perro.


Un saludo.
Franco   Wed Aug 29, 2007 11:13 am GMT
No importa. La verdadera lingua franca de todas las Americas es el español, y no el inglés.

El español es el primer o segundo idioma de todos los paises americanos, excepto Canada, donde ya lo hablan 0,5 millones de personas.

El español es la segunda lengua de USA (50 millones de personas) y la primera o segunda de todos los demas. Es hablado por unos 400 millones en las Americas. El ingles es hablado por unos 325 millones, siendo la segunda más hablada.

Me voy a psicoanalizar a mi perro.


Un saludo.
Guest   Wed Aug 29, 2007 1:43 pm GMT
Those stupid 18 million not 50 million illegal Spanish speaking immigrants in the US will eventually have English as their first language and throw their Spanish into oblivion or else they'll go back to where they came from.