Bilingual is Better

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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Sometimes showing is better than telling…

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It’s 2:30 in the madrugada and the rooster won’t stop crowing. I thought this only happened at the break of dawn! What is going on? It was okay the first few days, but after all the late nights celebrating Año Nuevo and the first day of 2009 and just life in general – as they do on this beautiful island on a regular basis – I want to kill the stupid rooster. But then, I remember how Vanessa’s face litRead More ...

Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea…

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I almost died the other day when, by chance, I listened closely to the lyrics of one of the songs my daughter likes to play on a regular basis – meaning every day a few times a day. I don’t know why I hadn’t paid attention before, but I had to actually play back the song a couple of times to make sure I hadn’t gone crazy when I heard the word “demonio” or devil. The song in question isRead More ...

Five Common Myths About Bilingualism

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In most parts of the world, being bilingual is seen as an advantage. Back in Peru, my maternal grandfather sent my mother and her sisters to a bilingual (English/Spanish) school from kindergarten on. My parents sent both my sister and I to that same bilingual school. I hope to do the same for my daughter – send her to a bilingual school, that is. And, it seems like we’re not alone. According to some estimates, 75% of the world’s populationRead More ...

Why Raise Bilingual Children?

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It Can´t Hurt I never really questioned whether or not Vanessa would grow up bilingual. As far as I knew, we would talk to her in our first language, Spanish, from the moment she was born. English, I figured, she would pick up from her surroundings – we live in Colorado – and eventually in preschool. In fact, the more I think about it, the more convinced I am that I want Vanessa to be multilingual. It can’t hurt. ItRead More ...

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