English is for Business. Spanish is for Gossiping


In a story this past Sunday about English-only policies in the workplace, the New York Times quoted some ‘brilliant’ cultural insights from Sylvia Ann Hewlett, the founding president of the Center for Work-Life Policy, which in October did a study among Latina executives, finding that many refrained from speaking Spanish at work because they felt that doing so would hurt them professionally.

“Spanish is not associated with business connections. It’s associated with gossiping or wasting time,” she said.

¡Pero mamita! Doesn’t she know we Latinas like el chisme and wasting time in both, English and Spanish?

One thought on “English is for Business. Spanish is for Gossiping

  1. Smart Latinos/latinas know that English is the langua franca of commerce and the workplace.

    I immigrated to the US from an officially bilingual country. I love the fact that it is an english-only country.

    Your mother tongue is for home and for gossip. Smart parents around the world know their children need to speak english to make money.

    When will Mexico and Mexicans ever learn? HA!

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