John Echevarría, president of Miami-based Universal Music Latino, had high expectations of the young Cuban American executive assistant he hired a few years ago.
''Professionally, she was very good,'' Echevarría says. ``But she was almost incapable of writing Spanish.''
So until he replaced her with a fully bilingual Puerto Rican secretary, the Spanish-language record executive typed much of his own business correspondence. Such experiences are worrying many that Miami, which likes to call itself the capital of Latin America, is losing an asset as children and grandchildren of immigrants have fewer and fewer Spanish skills.
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