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Week in Links for #BilingualKids — Dec. 20

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The Mysteries of Bilingualism II on Psychology Today — Prof. François Grosjean delves into aspects of bilingualism that remain an enigma. In this case, he writes about language choice, code-switching and language interferences — topics that have been researched at the linguistic level, but not at the cognitive and neurolinguistic ones. ¡Aprender español está de moda! on El Sentinel — A look at how more and more people are realizing the importance of learning Spanish as a second language. New Fort Worth program will graduate bilingualRead More ...

Celebrating the Holidays at Disneyland with World of Color — Winter Dreams

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Disney’s ¡Viva Navidad! isn’t the only thing that got us completely in the Holidays mood at Disneyland Resorts. It’s definitely our favorite because of the special meaning it holds for us, but both Disneyland and California Adventure have been transformed into magical wonderlands for the holidays. One of the many seasonal shows we were excited about experiencing was the transformation of World of Color, the fabulous after-dark spectacle in Disney California Adventure’s Paradise Bay, into “Winter Dreams.” It took aRead More ...

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Code-Switching if Your Kids are Bilingual

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We often get asked about using the word Spanglish as part of our blog’s name. I’m sure it has to do with the negative connotation the word has. You see, a lot of people assume that those of us who use Spanglish do it because we don’t know either language well enough when, in reality, the exact opposite is true. Our definition of Spanglish is the ability to go back and forth between languages effortlessly because we can. One ofRead More ...

10 Tips to Find An Online Spanish Tutor

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  Editor’s note: Last week, we brought you a guest post outlining the pros and cons of online tutoring for bilingual kids. Today, we have a follow up by the same author with tips on how to actually find a Spanish tutor online. The way we started our search was just by Goggling “Spanish tutor online” (or “Spanish tutor via Skype”). A lot of schools popped up, many of them were based in Guatemala and Ecuador. We have changed three schools andRead More ...

The One Mistake I Made Raising a Bilingual Child

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We all make mistakes, right? Especially along this journey of parenthood, we know that we constantly just don’t know and we try our best every single day. There really isn’t a single parenting manual that is a one-size-fits-all or that’s customized to your particular child and/or parenting journey. But we do have each other. We have other parents that are open enough to share the good and the bad, the pretty and the ugly, and do it without giving orRead More ...

Netflix Families Just Launched and We’re On It!

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This post is sponsored by Netflix. ¡Gracias! You may remember how excited I was a couple of weeks ago when I finally figured out how to find the kids programming in Spanish on Netflix. It was great to see that so many of you had also been looking for that and you were relieved to find that Netflix did carry shows in Spanish, albeit not enough, we all agree. Today I’m all giddy and excited again because Netflix just launchedRead More ...

Our Favorite Books for Parents Raising Bilingual Children

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1) Bilingual: Life and Reality by François Grosjean — Professor Grosjean is no stranger to bilingualism. Not only is he one (English/French), but he has basically dedicated his career to this topic and his expertise includes code-switching and borrowing – two of my favorite areas when it comes to bilingualism. He’s written other books too, such as Life with Two Languages and Studying Bilinguals. I’ve only read this last one and I devoured it as soon as I got my hands on itRead More ...

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