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Will Puerto Rico be the US' "Spanish only" state?

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Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#1 Nov 12, 2012
Reviven cruzada del idioma
12 de noviembre de 2012 - Política, Puerto Rico - Yennifer Álvarez-Jaimes @yalvarezjaimes

Pedirán a AGP que resucite medida de ‘Spanish Only’ promulgada por RHC en 1991 y derogada por PRG en 1993

A pesar de que aclaró que se trata de una iniciativa informal, el excandidato al Senado por el Movimiento Unión Soberanista (MUS), José(Ché) Paraliticci, inició una campaña a través de las redes sociales para solicitar al gobernador electo Alejandro García Padilla que enmiende la Ley del Idioma y designe el español como único idioma oficial.

El profesor universitario no descartó convocar al grupo que redactó en el 2009 el Manifiesto Unidos por Nuestro Idioma y llevar a cabo una campaña formal para que García Padilla atienda el reclamo.

Según el manifiesto citado por Paraliticci,“la actual política pública respecto al vernáculo ha tenido un impacto negativo en la educación, por lo que reclamamos el cese de la misma y que se instaure una política pública sobre el idioma que sea compatible con la realidad sociológica y cultural del estudiantado puertorriqueño”.

No obstante, para Roberto Prats, miembro de la Junta de Gobierno del Partido Popular Democrático (PPD), hay otros temas más importantes que deben ser prioridad en la administración de García Padilla.

“Los puertorriqueños atesoran su idioma, y eso no lo va a cambiar una ley. Nosotros pensamos, rezamos y soñamos en español y eso no va a cambiar. El País hizo un llamado en las urnas muy contundente para cambiar el rumbo económico, político y social de Puerto Rico y ahora mismo en la lista de prioridades lo más importante es eso, cualquier distracción a esas prioridades no debería dominar la discusión pública”, sentenció el estadolibrista.

Pero para el presidente ejecutivo del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP), Fernando Martín, el llamado para que se enmiende la Ley del Idioma es “lógico”.

“Es una vergüenza que haya que hacerle el llamado a García Padilla. Es evidente que tiene que hacer eso sin que nadie se lo pida. Espero que cumpla con su responsabilidad”, sentenció al tiempo que recordó que en 2001 el PIP solicitó la enmienda a la entonces gobernadora Sila María Calderón, pero la funcionaria ignoró el reclamo.

Por su parte, el expresidente de la Cámara, José Aponte, opinó que el llamado para enmendar la Ley del Idioma es uno meramente ideológico.

“No veo razón alguna para eliminar el inglés como idioma oficial. La única razón es tratar de limitar al puertorriqueño”, subrayó.

En tanto, Rafael Bernabe, del Partido del Pueblo Trabajador (PPT), dijo que aunque la colectividad no ha discutido el tema, en su carácter personal favorece el español como único idioma oficial.

La Ley del Idioma fue firmada el 5 de abril de 1991 por el exgobernador popular Rafael Hernández Colón.

El estatuto designaba el español como idioma oficial, lo que valió el Premio Príncipe de Asturias al Pueblo de Puerto Rico por su contribución a la difusión de la hispanidad.

Aunque para ese momento ya se utilizaba el español como idioma principal en las escuelas y oficinas de gobierno, la Ley de 21 de febrero de 1902, permitía el uso indistinto del inglés y el español como los idiomas a emplearse “en los departamentos, tribunales y oficinas del gobierno insular”.

Luego, bajo la administración del exgobernador Pedro Rosselló, se aprobó la Ley Número 1 de 28 de enero de 1993 para establecer el español y el inglés como los idiomas oficiales del Gobierno de Puerto Rico; Estado de Derecho vigente.

No es tiempo de hablar del idioma

Por su parte, el senador electo Aníbal José Torres dijo en entrevista con Wapa Radio “yo no tengo ningún problema con el español que es nuestro idioma, pero creo que hay asuntos más importantes que exponernos a una discusión de idioma nuevamente”.
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#2 Nov 12, 2012
If given the choice, I vote for "Spanish only" in Puerto Rico; given the fact that it will not be a menace to the rest of my nation, the USA.

In fact, my nation does not impose a national language on the whole USA.

Our federal constitution allows for states to have their language and many have opted for English.
TRUTH IS RELATIVE

Bear, DE

#3 Nov 13, 2012
Jorge wrote:
“Los puertorriqueños atesoran su idioma, y eso no lo va a cambiar una ley. Nosotros pensamos, rezamos y soñamos en español y eso no va a cambiar. es uno meramente ideológico.
That is, Puerto Rico's version of corrupted Spanish peppered with English words and phrases.
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#4 Nov 13, 2012
TRUTH IS RELATIVE wrote:
<quoted text>
That is, Puerto Rico's version of corrupted Spanish peppered with English words and phrases.
Puerto Rico's version of corrupted Spanish?

Will you care to expand?

Since: Oct 12

West Islip, NY

#5 Nov 13, 2012
Agapito has already stated that removing English as an official language is not even close to being on his list of priorities.

He also said that bilingual education programs in public schools will "remain place for the time being".
TPMP

Jersey City, NJ

#6 Nov 13, 2012
I was a bit surprised when i heard AGP speaking English.

In his formative years....Did he attend public or private schools?.

Most islanders i know who have attended private schools speak English very well.

I think i have mentioned, that i have a good friend who is a college buddy of mine from Adjuntas. Well,
this chick has a very goo command of the Englishlanguage. She can even speak like a valley girl whenh se is in comfortable surroundings. You would never know that she is from Puerto Rico, if she didn't tell you.

TPMP

Jersey City, NJ

#7 Nov 13, 2012
TPMP wrote:
I was a bit surprised when i heard AGP speaking English.
In his formative years....Did he attend public or private schools?.
Most islanders i know who have attended private schools speak English very well.
I think i have mentioned, that i have a good friend who is a college buddy of mine from Adjuntas. Well,
this chick has a very goo command of the Englishlanguage. She can even speak like a valley girl whenh se is in comfortable surroundings. You would never know that she is from Puerto Rico, if she didn't tell you.
I was a bit surprised when i heard AGP speaking English.

In his formative years....Did he attend public or private schools?.

==========

Most islanders i know who have attended private schools speak English very well.

I think i have mentioned, that i have a good friend who is a college buddy of mine from Adjuntas. Well, this chick has a very good command of the English language. She can even speak like a valley girl when she is in comfortable surroundings. You would never know that she is from Puerto Rico, if she didn't tell you.

There are many like her who are a product of Puerto Rico's private school system.
Nuevo Partido Nacionalist

Toa Alta, Puerto Rico

#8 Nov 13, 2012
puerto rico will never be state. there are to many here that do not want statehood.

Since: Oct 12

West Islip, NY

#9 Nov 13, 2012
Nuevo Partido Nacionalist wrote:
puerto rico will never be state. there are to many here that do not want statehood.
What are you stuck in teh 1930s or something?
TRUTH IS RELATIVE

Philadelphia, PA

#10 Nov 13, 2012
Jorge wrote:
<quoted text>
Puerto Rico's version of corrupted Spanish?
Will you care to expand?
The article above quoted those who want to make Spanish the only language spoken in Puerto Rico as if English was destroying the language or like PR is not part of a larger English-speaking society as a whole. The idea is to "protect" it from English influence.
TRUTH IS RELATIVE

Philadelphia, PA

#11 Nov 13, 2012
TPMP wrote:
<quoted text>I was a bit surprised when i heard AGP speaking English.
In his formative years....Did he attend public or private schools?.
==========
Most islanders i know who have attended private schools speak English very well.
I think i have mentioned, that i have a good friend who is a college buddy of mine from Adjuntas. Well, this chick has a very good command of the English language. She can even speak like a valley girl when she is in comfortable surroundings. You would never know that she is from Puerto Rico, if she didn't tell you.
There are many like her who are a product of Puerto Rico's private school system.
Gov.-elect Alejandro García Padilla on Tuesday said his English-skills are good enough for political primetime after stumbling with the language during a press conference a day earlier.
A video of García Padilla answering a reporter’s question in English on Monday quickly made its way onto social media sites. It shows the Popular Democratic Party leader pausing deeply as he appears to struggle to craft a response in English.

The governor-elect asked the English-language reporter to speak more slowly and cited poor acoustics at Casa Olímpica in Old San Juan.

“I did the best I could do. I got hung up on the word flow,” García Padilla said in a radio interview.“Also there was a terrible echo in Casa Olímpica so I couldn’t hear well.”

The incoming governor defended his English proficiency, noting that it was good enough to get his point across to President Barack Obama during their surprise lunch meeting in San Juan in June 2011.

“But I’m ready, you can ask Obama? You can bring Obama and ask him ‘Do you remember that medianoche?’” a joking García Padilla said.
http://caribbeanbusinesspr.com/news/agp-obama...
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#12 Nov 13, 2012
LongIslander1987 wrote:
Agapito has already stated that removing English as an official language is not even close to being on his list of priorities.
He also said that bilingual education programs in public schools will "remain place for the time being".
The guy's not stupid, he looks it (but is not).

He knows what's good for him.
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#13 Nov 13, 2012
TPMP wrote:
<quoted text>I was a bit surprised when i heard AGP speaking English.
In his formative years....Did he attend public or private schools?.
Private school.

On the other hand, quality of education varies among private schools (same as in NYC).

Fortuño went to Maristas, so he was able to enter a stateside college.

I went to American schools, where I polished my English, so I was able to enter a stateside college.

AGP went to his town's private school, and if he wasn't into polishing his English skills, we all can see the results.

His older brother, Antonio, did his best with his command of English.
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#14 Nov 13, 2012
Nuevo Partido Nacionalist wrote:
puerto rico will never be state. there are to many here that do not want statehood.
"here"???

Where?
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#15 Nov 13, 2012
TPMP wrote:
<quoted text>
I think i have mentioned, that i have a good friend who is a college buddy of mine from Adjuntas. Well, this chick has a very good command of the English language. She can even speak like a valley girl when she is in comfortable surroundings. You would never know that she is from Puerto Rico, if she didn't tell you.
There are many like her who are a product of Puerto Rico's private school system.
"valley girl"????

Why do some stateside Americans have to mock the way we, Latin American Hispanics, speak?

I am very proud of my Hispanic accent and expect from everyone of my stateside Americans, to have the same patience I have with them, when they venture into Spanish.
November132012

Quebradillas, Puerto Rico

#16 Nov 13, 2012
I would like to know if those advocating fiercely for SPANISH ONLY are fully bilinguals? The odds are that YES, DUH, they are? I really would like for them to help this country to develop to its fullness and if that means graduating fully bilingual students then let it be, because if to be patriotic,“independentista” or politically correct means to have less education, to have dominion ONLY in ONE LANGUAGE for the sake of the selfish assertion that less knowledge of the population in the primary language of our Metropoli is going to grant us the so called sovereignty then I JUST DO NOT WANT IT, because a true patriot look after the wellbeing of his/hers countrymen, always tries to push for progress, and full education forms integral part of that progress. SPANISH ONLY implies unilingual speakers and Puerto Rico is much more than that it is time to acknowledge it.
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#17 Nov 13, 2012
TPMP wrote:
<quoted text>I was a bit surprised when i heard AGP speaking English.
Why?

We, island boricuas, are already begining to be stand tall and proud (and defend) the way we speak English.

You don't like it?

We can always switch to Spanish.
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#18 Nov 13, 2012
TRUTH IS RELATIVE wrote:
<quoted text> The article above quoted those who want to make Spanish the only language spoken in Puerto Rico as if English was destroying the language or like PR is not part of a larger English-speaking society as a whole. The idea is to "protect" it from English influence.
That's what I thought, those people are named "puristas" and are a dying breed.

They want Spanish to follow the Latin language.

Our Spanish belongs and is regulated (as all the different versions of Spanish around the globe) by the Real Academia de la Lengua Española, of which Puerto Rico has a branch here, called Real Academina de la lengua española de Puerto Rico.

Our version of Spanish is impacted by our English words (same as by our Taíno and African words) and we are very proud of it.

To expand, the ways we, Latin Americans, pronounce our Spanish, varies from place to place; depending on "external and local" influences (in our case, gallegos, Western Africans and Corsicans and now stateside Americans have been impacting our Canary Island/Andalucian Spanish forever).
Puerto Rican

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#19 Nov 13, 2012
We are trully all bilingual in puerto rico.
But only 55% AKA the middleclass can speak english fluidlly.
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#20 Nov 13, 2012
November132012 wrote:
I would like to know if those advocating fiercely for SPANISH ONLY are fully bilinguals? The odds are that YES, DUH, they are? I really would like for them to help this country to develop to its fullness and if that means graduating fully bilingual students then let it be, because if to be patriotic,“independentista” or politically correct means to have less education, to have dominion ONLY in ONE LANGUAGE for the sake of the selfish assertion that less knowledge of the population in the primary language of our Metropoli is going to grant us the so called sovereignty then I JUST DO NOT WANT IT, because a true patriot look after the wellbeing of his/hers countrymen, always tries to push for progress, and full education forms integral part of that progress. SPANISH ONLY implies unilingual speakers and Puerto Rico is much more than that it is time to acknowledge it.
I'm a fierce statehooder who advocates for a Spanish only US state.

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