“I can only curse in Spanish,” he says. “I had a difficult relationship with my dad, and there may have been some cursing involved, on both parts.”
“On the other hand, I have a hard time saying ‘I love you’ in Spanish,” he says. “When I say te quiero, te amo — it sounds stilted, sounds like the kind of speech you hear in Mexican soap operas.”
“But for me it’s very natural to say, ‘I love you,'” in English, Perez Firmat says. For A Bilingual Writer, ‘No One True Language’ : NPR.