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Muy Bueno: Cooking for our Men + Corn in a Cup Recipe

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Guest post by Yvette Marquez, from Muy Bueno Cookbook. I remember the holidays when all my relatives would gather at my grandma’s or one of my tia’s houses.  There would always be tables overflowing with food, cerveza chilling in the refrigerator, and Mexican music playing in the background. The women would be cooking, drinking, and giggling in the kitchen and the men reminiscing in the living room. Nostalgic for the big family meals of my childhood, I decided to bringRead More ...

The New Anglo-Latino Household, or Colombia 90210

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The following is a guest post by Rubén González, who blogs at “Love, Translated – Raising Bilingual, Bicultural Children” If you were a teenager in the United States in 1991, you were likely to either have the hots for Kelly Taylor or for Dylan McKay (or maybe Brandon Walsh, if you preferred goody-two-shoes). But more interestingly, if you were a teenager in Colombia in 1991 (namely, me,) from that great distance and thanks to the magic of television, you knewRead More ...

Sneaky Spanish Lessons

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Editor´s note:  The following is a guest post and vlog by Carrie Ferguson Weir. My girl’s first words were in Spanish. And, I was so proud. Here I was in Tennessee, with no Spanish-speaking relatives nearby and my little baby was hablando español. And then she turned 3 y “I don’t speak Spanish!’’ became her battle cry. (This, despite attending a Spanish immersion pre-school.) Maria is nearly 7 now and she understands everything I say in Spanish, her accent isRead More ...

Beans and Culture

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Editor´s Note: The following is a guest post by Micaela Vega who blogs about helping you incorporate beans into your child’s diet at Striving Bean. I grew up in a suburb. Probably not the type of suburb you may envision. It had no McMansions, no mega shopping malls. It’s an older 1st ring suburb just outside of Saint Paul, MN aptly named South St. Paul. South St. Paul is a blue-collar working class suburb. Several auto-body shops, townie bars, andRead More ...

Abuelas as the Unsung Heroines in Cultural and Language Retention

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Editor’s note:  Mother’s Day is this Sunday and we decided to celebrate a las madres de las madres–las abuelitas.  This week we have two posts focusing on grandmothers as providers of cultural identity and a link to our heritage language. Today’s post is by Dominican/American mother of four, Angélica Perez-Litwin, who just launched Modern Familia-an amazing multicultural blog dedicated to cultivating confident and happy families. We invite you to visit our amiga´s site where we can almost guarantee you´ll feelRead More ...

Your Story: A Generation of Bilingual Homeschoolers

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When I was ten years old, after eating breakfast and saying good-bye to my older siblings who headed out for high school, it was time for Spanish dialogue class with my dad.  He had a book of dialogues he had used while learning Spanish to be a missionary in Mexico.  We memorized dialogues and I had to put dramatic expression and movements to them.  I still remember the dialogue about waiting in line for a buffet lunch, “Ay, que colaRead More ...

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