'Espanglish' is now a word? Yup.
According to Spain's Dictionary Of The Royal Academy Of The Spanish Language (or DRAE), the new palabra will appear in the next edition as "an example of the contributions of Spanish-speakers in the United States to the Spanish language," as reported by the Latin American Herald Tribune on Tuesday.
The bilingual community has been using "Espanglish" since Latino parents stepped onto U.S. soil and said, "¡Mira, do your homework, o te voy a castigar!"
DRAE's 2014 edition will define "Espanglish" as “a form of speech used by some Hispanic groups in the United States, in which they mix deformed elements of vocabulary and grammar from both Spanish and English.”
"Espanglish" is also known as "Spanglish" and is defined on UrbanDictionary.com as, "Not quite English, Not quite Spanish" and "used by Hispanic-Americans to speak to other Hispanic-Americans whom can understand both Spanish and English. When a person can't remember how to say a word in Spanish, they say it in English, and vice-versa," according to the site.
Die-hard language purists, such as Mexican writer Octavio Paz, have debated referring to it as, "neither good, nor bad, but abominable." The idea of mixing Spanish and English might not sit well for most, but considering the demographic shift in the U.S. the language may change as well.
"30 Rock's" Liz Lemon (or 'Limona') is getting her <a href="http://www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00046213.html" target="_hplink">"dream vacation"</a> by picking garbage for her community service during the summer and in the meanwhile learning how to speak some Spanish. Kudos to Tina Fey for learning how to roll her R's: "grrritale a Hector!"
Rachel learned Spanish from her nanny who taught her how to say "Tu madre es loca" ("Your mom is crazy"). And although Rachel sounds very cute in Spanish, she still needs to work a bit on her grammar.
We knew she was good with potions, spells and concoctions but we weren't aware little Hermione also knew how to speak Spanish. Although she's probably better with magic than she is with speaking the language, Emma Watson is still terribly charming in Spanish.
Dakota Fanning tells the host of the ABC show "buenos dias, mucho gusto en conocerla" ("good morning, nice to meet you") with a charming smile proving that she is equally as adorable in English and as she is in Spanish.
"Hijoleee Mano!" Apparently, when Hollywood heartthrob Ben Affleck speaks Spanish he puts on a Mexican accent. In this video Affleck is promoting his movie "The Town" and telling us about his man-crush on John Hamm (or Juan Hamm). Even though rumor has it that he learned it from his ex girflriend Jennifer Lopez, the actor learned Spanish when he lived in Mexico as a kid.
Even though Selena Gomez's father is Mexican and she has a couple of songs in Spanish, the singer is not exactly fluent in the language. Back in 2010 Gomez said she wanted to get Rosetta Stone in order to <a href="http://www.latina.com/entertainment/celebrity/exclusive-selena-gomez-i-really-need-learn-spanish" target="_hplink">really learn Spanish.</a> <a href="http://www.latina.com/entertainment/celebrity/exclusive-selena-gomez-i-really-need-learn-spanish" target="_hplink">Gomez told Latina Magazine, </a>"I practice [Spanish], but I can understand it better than I can speak it."
Basketball player Kobe Bryant speaks fluent Spanish thanks to Don Franciso and "Sabado Gigante." Although he is joking and he actually learned Spanish because he speaks Italian, with that grin on his face we can't help but think that Kobe is a big fan of Don Francisco.
Actress Zoe Saldana, grew up in Queens speaking Spanish and English. Her father is Dominican and her mother is Puerto Rican. In the video the actress proves she still speaks perfectly fluent Spanish and has a very serious personality: "I didn't behave like the only girl [in the movie]," said Saldana. "I don't think like a woman. I think more like the guys. I have two sister. We're three girls at home. My mom wanted to have boys. She raised us with that independence and with a neutrality. She didn't raise us thinking 'you're only women' and men are only men. No, she told us 'you are whatever you want'."
Although Eva Longoria didn't learn how to speak Spanish <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2007-06-03-eva-longoria_N.htm" target="_hplink">until later in her life</a>, the "Desperate Housewives" star sounds like a natural. But here's some topics she still stays away from. "I can't argue politics in Spanish," <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2007-06-03-eva-longoria_N.htm" target="_hplink">Longoria told USA Today.</a> "But I get by."
Santana Lopez, portrayed by actress Naya Rivera, is a fiery Glee club member. In this episode Santana looses her temper with Rachel and let's out her frustration in the best way she knows how: with a loud rant in Spanish.