How well does Jennifer Lopez speak Spanish?

Spanish teacher reaction and analysis.

About 20 years ago I saw Jennifer Lopez for the first time in a movie where she portrayed the life of Mexican-American singer Selena. She nailed the role!

Jennifer Lopez is of course Latina. Her roots go all the way to the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. Puerto Rican Spanish has a distinct rhythm and colourful expressions. However, let's not forget that Jennifer Lopez did not grow up in Puerto Rico and Spanish is not her native language. Nevertheless, she is quite good!

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Good use of language:

1 Contraction of preposition and article

When you have the preposition "de" followed by the article "el", you need to use a contraction:

de + el → del

Yo estaba de vacaciones del trabajo. / I was on holiday from work.

2 Use of the present subjunctive for wishes and necessities

We need to use the subjunctive to express wishes or needs when we have two clauses with two subjects.

In the following example you will observe two subjects: "los fans" (the fans) and "nosotros" (we). These two ideas are linked by the conjunction "que" (that) which connects both clauses. Here is what Jennifer Lopez said correctly:

Los fans necesitan que nosotros seamos individuales. / The fans need us to be independent.*

*If we translate this literally, it would be something like: The fans need that we are independent.

This grammar differs significantly from English and needs to be practised constantly. Keep it up!

To improve:

1 The difference between casar / casarse

Casar (to marry a couple)

El ministro casó a la pareja. / The minister married the couple.

Casarse (to get married)

Nos casamos en Cancún. / We got married in Cancun.

2 Agreement of articles and adjectives with the gender of nouns

Era un época muy linda de nuestro vida. ❌

Era una época muy linda de nuestra vida. / It was a very beautiful period of time in our life.

Because "vida" is feminine (la vida) we need to accord the article (una) and the adjective (nuestra).

I hope you find this analysis beneficial for your Spanish learning journey, keep up the good work!

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