Hispanics in USA
USA is a country with a large population of
people from Latin America.The Latin American
people in the US are often called Hispanics or
Latinos.The Latin American population is as
large as 48,4 million people, which is almost
16% of the entire population in the US. This
means that the Hispanic population is the
second largest ethnic group in America.
Almost half of the Hispanic population
live in California and Texas. If you travel to East Los Angeles (which is not recommended since it is
a very dangerous place to be in) you will fnd that 97% of the people living there are Hispanics.
Unfortunately it is more common to be unemployed and poor if you are hispanic than if you are
white. 20% of the Hispanic community are poor. But that does not mean that all hispanic people
live like that.There are also a lot of Hispanic people that have good jobs, education and money.
Spanish and Spanglish
Since the Spanish community is so large, Spanish is a very common language in the US. It is the
second most used language in America, only English is more common. There are actually more
people speaking Spanish in USA than in than in Spain. Many places in the US, primarily in the South
and on theWestcoast. One obvious example is Los Angeles which means ”the angels”.
In Sweden it has become common that bilingual people mix Swdish and their language,
Rosengårdssvenska is an example of that. The same thing exists in USA where Hispanic people
speak a language called Spanglish.The word Spanglish comes from a mix of the words English and
Spanish. Spanglish is exactly what it sounds like: a mix between English and Spanish.An example of a
Spanglish sentence is ”El libro me costó twenty dollars”. If you want to learn more about Spanglish
or hear what it sounds like go to myslektioner.blogg.se where some links are posted, among others
a rap song by The Game, a hispanic rapper from Los Angeles.
Hispanic culture in the US
The hispanic culture has a big impact in the US. One example is how popular Mexican food is in
the US.There are thousands of Mexican restaurants in USA.There are also several famous hispanic
musicians, for example Carlos Santana and Christina Aguilera.TheTV show Ugly Betty is an example
of hispanic characters on television.
Hispanic gang culture
Most Hispanic people live normal lives with families, work and
friends just like everyone else. But the Hispanic community is sadly
also known for being the foundation of several organized gangs in
America. The largest and oldest gang is called Latin Kings. Latin
Kings was started in the 1940's in Chicago and has 100 000
members. In 1999 half of all members in criminal gangs were Hispanic. Gangs in USA are famous
for violence, drug dealing and their style. On myslektioner.blogg.se you can fnd links with
information on American gangs if you are interested in learning more about gangs.
actually – faktiskt
affect – påverka
among other – bland andra, bland annat
between – mellan
bilingual – tvåspråkig
common – vanlig
community – samhälle, (folk)grupp
criminal gang – kriminellt gäng
ethnic – etnisk
like everyone else – som vem som helst
foundation - grund
impact – påverkan
member – medlem
mix – blandning
obvious – uppenbar, tydlig
organized – organiserad
population – folkmängd
since – (här) eftersom
unfortunately – tyvärr
unemployed – arbetslös
violence – våld
Please answer the following questions!
1. How many hispanics are living in the US?
2. What states have the largest Hispanic population?
3. What is Spanglish?
4. What is Latin Kings?Write two facts about them!
5. Give one example of how the Hispanic community has affected life in USA?