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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.

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What the Media is Saying About Bilingualism

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It’s been a while since the last time we took a look at the media buzz regarding bilingualism. In the past, we’ve let you know our reaction to newspaper articles, blog posts or videos related to bilingual education, Latino culture and the Spanish language. Now, we constantly share them on our Facebook page and strike up a conversation there. But what was in the news last week deserves a more in-depth look. The Los Angeles Times, printed three op-ed articlesRead More ...

ReadMe: Cuando los grandes eran pequeños

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Have you ever wondered what famous writers were like when they were children? Award-winning author Georgina Lázaro did and decided to not only find out, but to write about it for all our children to know. Cuándo los grandes eran pequeños is a collection of books in Spanish, pubished by Lectorum, which narrate the childhood of influential writers from all over Latin America and Spain. The series includes Federico Garcia Lorca, José Martí, Pablo Neruda and Julia de Burgos, amongRead More ...

What is the ‘Critical Period’ for language learning?

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Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on this blog in November 2009. I was recently talking to somebody of Hispanic descent who wasn’t taught Spanish at home, but learned it later on in life. She vowed she wouldn’t follow her parents’ footsteps, but ended up doing exactly the same thing with her kids who are now elementary school-aged. “And, now it’s too late!” she lamented. I immediately reassured her that it’s never too late – that’s just a common myth.Read More ...

Spanish Buzz: Toy Story 3 Bilingual Action Figure {Giveaway}

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My almost 4-year-old daughter, Vanessa, is ahead of her time. Last year, she discovered her older brother’s 2-disc DVD collector’s edition of Toy Story 1 and 2 and immediately became addicted to them. These movies have been favorites at my house ever since I can remember because they became popular during the time my stepson was a small boy. First, Vanessa fell in love with Woody and soon thereafter, with Buzz. So much so that she asked for the themeRead More ...

Of Words and Meanings…

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The other night, my husband and I were having a pretty “heated” discussion about the right Spanish word for earring. Pretty lame, huh? But I’ve always had a fascination with words – it’s not for nothing that I chose journalism as a career path – in both English and Spanish. Anyhow, for my husband, who hails from Puerto Rico, an earring is una pantalla. To me, una pantalla means a screen or lampshade. So there we were right before bedtimeRead More ...

Bilingualism Blogging Carnival

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Just a quick note to let you all know about this month’s installment of the Blogging Carnival on Bilingualism which this time around is being hosted by Sarah, over at Bringing Up Baby Bilingual. If you’re not familiar with the carnival, I suggest you go visit Sarah’s site so you can see what it’s all about, but basically it’s a recompilation of all sorts of posts dedicated to this awesome task of raising multilingual children. The thing I love theRead More ...

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