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The Hookup: Cómo Se Dice…Sexy?

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The Hookup: Cómo Se Dice…Sexy?

Every man I’ve dated has been bilingual, speaking Spanish, English and even a little bit of Spanglish! Life, however, has a way of presenting us with what we say we’d never try. And that’s exactly what happened one night in Washington Heights.

I sat with my prima in DR Lounge sipping on a Bacardi and Coke when two young men approached us. One wore his hair in a ponytail while the other looked like the rest and sported a clean cut. Pony Tail immediately asked me to dance. He led me to the small dance floor and spun me throughout the great salsa song. I was impressed with his skills; a man who can dance salsa is also a preference of mine. But then, he opened his mouth.

“Como te llamas,” he asked while the song switched to a slower salsa.

“Sujeiry, what’s your name?” I replied in English, testing his bilingualism.

“Carlos. Que nombre mas lindo como la duena,” he replied.

Uh oh, I thought as we sidestepped and then twirled. Two attempts at speaking to Pony Tail in English and he had yet to answer back in the tongue I was most fluent and comfortable in.

“So,” I continued, trying again. “Where are you from?”

Soy Dominicano y solamente tengo unos cuantos meses aqui,” he replied. “I don’t know mucho English,” he finished with a choppy accent. My feet stopped moving at the sound of his voice and Pony Tail looked at me, stunned. Could I date a man who spoke only Spanish? Would I be comfortable teaching someone not only how to speak the English language but also learn the American culture? Carlos continued to stare at me in bewilderment as I calculated my next move off the dance floor.

“I know…no se mucho, but I like you and what to take you…como se dice…dinner?” Carlos managed to say. I smiled. He was a sweet monolingual boy and this bilingual girl was hungry and needed some love. So I pulled out my Blackberry, asked for his number and dialed. His phone rang and he smiled before saying, “Got it,” in his thick Spanish accent. It seems I was trying something new. At least for the moment.

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Sujeiry is a natural storyteller, dynamic radio show host and the proud CEO of LoveSujeiry.com. She's been at this digital media and content creation game for 15 plus years and pours her heart and soul onto LoveSujeiry.com - the only site for Latinas on all things love. After realizing there was a void in the love/relationship Latina media market, she took matters into her own hands and became the go-to sex and relationship expert on Latinx platforms. The former sex and relationship expert on Latina.com works diligently and passionately to encourage women of color to be their authentic selves as they navigate all things love.

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