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Media: LAT: Villaraigosa's Spanish Is One of L.A.'s Languages

Submitter: Karen Chung

Submitter Email: karchung@ntu.edu.tw
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Media Body: The Los Angeles Times April 23, 2005
Villaraigosa's Spanish Is One of L.A.'s Languages

Many Latinos share the candidate's skill level. It can be a mixed blessing
on the campaign trail.

By Daniel Hernandez

'¡Queremos un cambio! We want change!' mayoral candidate Antonio
Villaraigosa hollered before a roomful of
campaign volunteers at his South Los Angeles office on a recent Saturday

'That's what we want. We want to be judged by our talents,' he went on:
'Queremos que nos juzguen...juzgan?'

Villaraigosa's Spanish stumbled, caught in the perilous rules of the
subjunctive. Was it juzguen or juzgan?
People in the room called out their suggestions.

'You know, I was born here, man,' Villaraigosa said finally, switching back
to English. 'It's hard.... It's

The room erupted in laughter and applause. They understood.


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Karen Chung
Issue Number: 16.1325
Date Posted: April 24, 2005

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