If there's one thing we know about #GrowingUpLatino, it's this— there are just some words that people who grew up speaking Spanish as their first language can't say for sh-t. But we also know that there is a certain type of beauty in being able to pronounce English words in your own unique way.
Award-winning Latina poet Denice Frohman explains this all perfectly in her piece "Accents," in which she describes all the ways her mother's accent adds more rhythm and flavor to normally boring, harsh-sounding English words. Frohman hits home when she says one-liners like, "My mother's tongue is a telegram from her mother decorated with the coquís of el campo."
Ultimately, our accents are what remind us where we come from and something to be grateful for. Or as Denise says, "Her accent is a stubborn compass always pointing her towards home."
Hear Frohman recite her extremely relatable poem below. It'll definitely have you yelling "WEEEPA!" by the end of it.