In its latest marketing effort, Lexicon’s Inglés sin Barrreras has a new ad out pitching its costly English-language course to Latinos. A 60-second spot currently running on Univision features a couple of presumably recent immigrants talking -in Spanish- about how learning English has changed their lives in America. At some point, the man switches to a perfect English while subtitles in Spanish show up on screen. But then the woman intervenes to make a final, perfect pitch in Spanish. “I think [Inglés sin Barreras] is a medium sent to us by God himself to make it to this country.” (Yo creo que es un medio que Dios nos ha proveido [sic] para progresar.)
Wow! I wonder how many politically-correct gringo companies can ever get away with that one. But hey, in the increasingly competitive business of selling English-language courses to Hispanics, God must be an infallible tool. Who can beat that?