Tanya Maria Barrientos

Tanya Maria Barrientos (b. 1960) is director of executive communications for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a former columnist and feature writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the author of two novels. The following essay appeared in Latina, a bilingual magazine published by and for Latinas. It was adapted from an essay of the same title that was published in Border-Line Personalities: A New Generation of Latinas Dish on Sex, Sass, and Cultural Shifting (2004). In this piece, Barrientos recounts her struggles as a Latina who is not fluent in Spanish. She takes her title from a phrase often seen in store windows, announcing that "Spanish is spoken" there.