Chinese American guy fluent in Spanish

I just wanted to post this because I thought it was cool. The video is six years old, but I think this guy has the right idea about humbling oneself in order to learn a language. What comes out is his passion for the culture and people of Mexico, even though he eventually went with the Andalusian accent. In the videos, he talks about how he struck up conversations and made the most of the resources in his area of California. It’s refreshing to see Asian Americans moving beyond their ancestral languages.

19 thoughts on “Chinese American guy fluent in Spanish

  1. It’s a testament that Asians are a culturally void people. They only know work, money obsession, superficial consumption and seeking validation from White people in the English speaking world. It’s very sad!

  2. I met a Chinese guy at a church I used to attend that spoke perfect spanish (without having grown up in a Spanish speaking country). He had spent time in Cuba (I forget the exact reason, but I think he had been a soldier).

    I don’t think that Spanish is a particularly hard language to learn (though regional accents might be a bit tough). Verbs and conjugations are pretty regular (unlike English), and it has zero tones. Tones are the toughest part I find about some languages (chinese, Catalan, etc). I am probably literally tone deaf!

  3. Why is it startling to see an Asian guy speak fluent Spanish and more puzzling for him to imitate the accent from the southern regions of Spain?

    When you seen an Asian guy who is an outlier, it becomes a big deal. Again, read my comments above.

  4. For me, it’s kind of interesting, because, perhaps erroneously, I presume most people would be uninterested in learning Spanish rather than English because it’s not practical unless you live somewhere where you will use it.

  5. In Japanese, aside from the different levels of respectful language, the hardest thing I find is the sheer amount of vocabulary. There are so many ways to say the same thing!

    I think what this particular guy illustrates is that oftentimes the opportunities are there, but people just don’t look for it. The five part video series is long, but he talks about finding ways to study abroad, as well getting a Mexican girlfriend, as well as his interest in Spanish-language podcasts and pop music, as well as his attempts to talk to the cleaning crew at his apartment building. I remember seeing another YouTube multilingual (English, Hebrew, and Japanese) who was saying that he tried studying Korean, but his interest in Korea just wasn’t enough to keep him going. On the other hand, there are lots of people in Asia who are learning Korean because they’re interested in the culture they see in dramas.

    In the U.S., aside from certain areas of Texas and California, I think foreign languages in general are not all that practical for the average American. There needs to be a burning passion to get to know the people and the culture. But with the internet, there’s just so much more study material than there has ever been at any other time in history.

  6. Am I the only one who sees the obvious here ??????
    The guy only learned spanish to, yes you guessed it, find a mexican girlfriend, the kind who doesn’t speak english because, yes you guessed it, she is undocumented and she is looking for an American husband to, yes you guessed it, be documented.
    This isn’t cool Byron.It is sad that asian men have to go to such lengths to get a woman to spread her legs.

  7. So you’re saying that he studied in school, talked to everyone he could find who spoke the language, went to Mexico, got his masters in Spanish, and then studied for six years for his PhD, only so that he could get a Mexican woman, who he broke up with when he was an undergrad.

    That makes no sense. At all.

  8. “So you’re saying that he studied in school, talked to everyone he could find who spoke the language, went to Mexico, got his masters in Spanish, and then studied for six years for his PhD, only so that he could get a Mexican woman, who he broke up with when he was an undergrad.”

    Doesn’t seem like a very good investment of time! Wouldn’t it just be easier to find a Mexican woman who speaks english in the first place?

  9. “Doesn’t seem like a very good investment of time! Wouldn’t it just be easier to find a Mexican woman who speaks english in the first place?”
    Because you fools, they speak English in public and Spanish at home. What better way than to impress a woman by speaking her language?
    Any way, he can’t stand a chance. I like Hispanic women too. I will be adding them to my vast repertoire of women; Asian and Hispanic women followed by Middle Eastern women.
    There’s an Hispanic woman in my class me and another white dude wants her too. We both like brown meat too!!!! Being a W/M allow me a bountiful of choses.

  10. I’m pretty sure siggy will dazzle them ladies with his spelling prowess. His haole and half-latino babies will surely be spelling bee purebreds if guided by the intellectual giant that is sigfried. *snicker*

  11. That should have been “hapa” not haole.

    @King

    There is actually a band called Cowboys of Love, though I’ve never heard of them until I searched for the name of the documentary of the Cowboy del Amor. I recommend it if you haven’t seen it. The old man is a character, and he is very likeable (to me at least).

  12. In Japanese, aside from the different levels of respectful language, the hardest thing I find is the sheer amount of vocabulary. There are so many ways to say the same thing!

    I think Spanish has a huge amount of vocabulary (not even counting regional words), but I couldn’t tell you if it’s comparable to Japanese or not, as I’ve never really tried to learn. Now, when it comes to written language, I’m much more confident in saying that Japanese is more difficult. The japanese alphabet (or whatever you call the pictogram system) beats the pants of any romance language in terms of its complexity.

  13. Asian men have no standing in Western Civilization. By coming to realization of this fallacy, they will begin to understand what it means to be an AM living among a crowd of Whites. FOB men are psychologically healthier than their acculturated brothers since they know and acknowledge their place in society. Just look at the Hollywood actors like John Cho. I think he’s delusional and in denial of the fact that Whites see him as a Mr. Nobody or a Mr. Subordinate in the cinema. Asian Women work the same way, except they get a honorary status for being a follower.

  14. When you have Asians, especially Asian men, who emulate Whites, Blacks and even Latinos, do you expect anyone to respect them?

    Asian men for the most part, are non-threatening and unoriginal.

    Did you hear the recent incident where an Amazon worker was radomly pummeled to the ground, and this was an Asian dude in Manhattan? His assailant was a White guy who shouted anti-immigrant slurs, and he’s not even your typical White trash.

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