Latino vs .Hispanic

Latino vs .Hispanic

Latino can Hispanic cannot always be used interchangeably. There are some key differences.

A Latino (noun) is someone born in or who lives in South America, Central America, Latin-America, or Mexico. 2. (adj.) Latino usually refers to a man; Latina refers to a female; Latinos is plural.

Let's view some examples:

1. "My Latino background is very special to me." (adj.)

2. "My sister is a Latina, and I, her brother, am a Latino." (noun)

3. "Native Portuguese speakers are Latinos, not Hispanics." (noun)

Hispanic (adj.)

1. refers to people who are Spanish or Latin American and speak Spanish.

2. (noun) one who is Spanish or Latin-American and speaks Spanish.

Let's view some examples:

1. "I am Hispanic because I speak Spanish."

2. "Hispanics exclude Brazilians, who speak Portuguese."

3. "Hispanics include Spaniards, who are not Latinos."

*Tip/ Hint: Hispanic refers to language / Latino refers to geography [You are Hispanic if you come from a country where people speak Spanish. You are Latino if you or your ancestry comes from a Latin American Country.]

*Hispanic excludes Brazilians who speak Portuguese since they are Latino, not Hispanic.

*Hispanic includes Spaniards, who cannot be called Latinos.

Let's use both Latino and Hispanic in some sentences together:

1. "A Mexican-American may be both Latino and Hispanic."

2. "Brazilian-Americans are Latinos but not Hispanic."

3. "Spanish-Americans are Hispanic but not Latinos."

Circle the Correct Answer:

1. I am Latino / Hispanic because I am a Spanish speaker.

2. I am Hispanic / Latino if I speak Portuguese.

Answers: Hispanic, Latino

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