We vocalize, spell, create and play in many languages. And it's all one and the same to us. What would you like to say? (And in what language?)
When I moved to the States from San Juan, PR, I was stunned by how poor the quality of Spanish content was on both TV and Radio. NYC promised to be different. Alas, I was equally struck by the disparity of style and tone in a city that seemed thoroughly bilingual at a glance, but is actually two completely different concurrent cities: one in Spanish and one in English.
I am passionate and adamant about the need for Spanish content and communications aimed at the intelligent, educated and cultured Hispanic in the US. There are many of us out there. And I truly believe that exposure to such content would educate and improve the level of culture and quality of life of the intelligent but less instructed Hispanic. There are very many Hispanic immigrants in the United States, and I think that, as a fellow Hispanic in this country, I should care as much about their well-being and chances of success within this society as about their ability to connect with and integrate into their culture back home. Language and content have the power to make a difference on both fronts. [Look at what I've done.]
I've always joked that I have a reading problem like other people have a drinking problem: I don't know how to stop. I read faster and more than anyone I know. I'm usually in the middle of at least two books on my trusty Kindle. I read as many blogs and publications as I can. If I have a spare moment, you can probably find me reading, even if it's the back of a cereal box. But as with most reading fanatics, my love of reading the written word has also extended to a love of writing it. During my college years, my work in the school's Writing Center gave me a new appreciation for reading, writing, and, most of all, the satisfying work of helping others with their writing. Learning Spanish over the past nine years has given me a new perspective on language, both foreign and my own.
Given this abiding love of language, some might find my technology obsession odd, but for me it's all part of a whole: Technology serves us best when it connects us as human beings, and as human beings, we connect through language. The kind of technology that fascinates me is the kind that enables us to share ideas around the world, faster and further than ever before. When I can help in that sharing of ideas, whether through writing, editing, translating, or consulting, I am happiest. [Look at what I've done.]
Atty. Rodríguez Mora