of English on Venezuelan Spoken
Ortiz from Venezuela
see English names everywhere for
Athletic Center, mallsThe
Country, and night
clubsStudio Fifty Four.
is incredible how popular English is in Venezuela.
Now we have a kind of hybrid language between
English and Spanish.
the Venezuelans' daily conversations, they often
use English words with Spanish verb endings. For
example, if they send a fax, they use the word
faxear, or if they have to click on the
screen of their computer, they say
they use simple English words in some Spanish
sentences. You might hear someone say, "Voy a
comprar unos jeans in el mall" which means "I'm
going to buy some jeans in the mall," or "Okay,
vamos" which means "OK, let's go."
addition, you see English names everywhere for
gymnasiumsSport Center, Athletic
Center, mallsThe Country, and
night clubsStudio Fifty Four. In
Caracas, there is a very fashionable neighborhood
named Las Mercedes, where each street has an
American name like New York Street or
Fifth Avenue. Therefore, when you go
shopping, you can see signs in English in the
windows of stores, such as On
some Latin American countries, the increasing
influence of English is a controversial issue. In
Brazil, for example, there is very strong
opposition to the use of English words in Spanish.
Venezuela, however, this is not the case.
Venezuelans are well-known for being open to
receiving different cultural influences such as
European fashion and British music. This trend of
incorporating English in Spanish is a reflection of
this trait. Moreover, many Venezuelans don't know
where the words come from; they have been using
them for years as a part of their language. I feel
that borrowing words from other languages is part
of language evolution, and I think it would be
difficult to curb this situation.
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