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About: Roxana A. Soto

Roxana is a bilingual and bicultural mamá to Vanessa, an inquisitive second-grader, and Santiago, an adventurous preKindie – both of whom are growing up between two worlds and in two languages. A long-time journalist, Roxana oversees SpanglishBaby's editorial content.

Twitter: @roxanaSB

Cuéntame un Cuentito

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Cuentame un Cuentito storytime

Last Saturday, I had the enormous pleasure of taking my daughter to an absolutely wonderful bilingual cultural event in Denver: Cuéntame un Cuentito — storytelling at its best! Four actors/musicians took the stage and they took turns bringing to life several popular Latin-American tales by reading, signing and/or playing an instrument. Some of the stories were performed by two actors, one reading in English and the other one in Spanish. There was also one guy who would play the congasRead More ...

Do Bilinguals Have Equal and Perfect Knowledge of Both Their Languages?

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A couple of days ago, I overheard my daughter speaking in English while she was playing by herself with her My Little Pony collection. I made it a point to observe her a bit more intently – without her knowledge, of course – just to make sure she wasn’t just saying a few words in English, as she’s done in the past. I don’t know why it surprised me, but the whole time the ponies were speaking English to eachRead More ...

Blinguals: Illustrated Multilingual Flashcards {Giveaway}

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Things continue to go pretty well in my journey to teach my daughter French, my and — what will hopefully one day also become — her third language. Today, I share with you another find which is helping us along the way: flashcards. I’ve always loved flashcards because they bring back a lot of memories of when I was a child and I was learning English back in Peru. Of course, the ones I used were not the sophisticated onesRead More ...

Banana-Peanut Butter “Quesadillas”

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I’ll never forget how blown away I was when I tasted peanut butter for the first time a bit after I moved to this country as a teenager. I’d never ever tasted it before and, as a big peanut fun, I just couldn’t believe how good it tasted and how I could it eat it in a variety of ways: by the spoonful, on PB&J sandwiches — which were, to me, the epitome of an American snack or lunch boxRead More ...

Why Does Spanglish Get Such a Bad Rap?

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Last week I was pretty taken aback when I heard someone say that “el Spanglish es una aberración” (literally an aberration, an outrage). The craziest thing is that this person — an old colleague and friend of my husband’s who is Argentinian, but has lived in Miami for a long time —  said this as he admitted to using it himself! Then I realized I got exactly what he meant because I used to be one of them: the anti-Spanglish,Read More ...

Bilingual Bear Books {Giveaway}

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As you might remember, my daughter and I embarked on a trilingual adventure toward the end of last year when we partnered up with Little Pim to document her progress learning French during three months. While that partnership is over, I’m making it a point to continue this journey by looking for ways to get my hands on other products, materials, books, toys, and music in French to make it more of a fun ride than a chore. One of the thingsRead More ...

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