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Lets Celebrate el Español at LéaLA!

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  The LéaLA Spanish book fair is returning on May 17th through 19th to the Los Angeles Convention Center for the third year in a row! We have been attending since the first year it came to LA and are more and more excited every year it comes back. It’s been great to see the success of this book fair and how much it grows each year. It truly shows that we, Angelenos and Latinos, love to read en Español andRead More ...

Understanding How & Why Apodos (Nicknames) are Used in Latino Culture

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el apodo (m): Nombre que suele darse a una persona, en sustitución del propio, normalmente tomado de sus peculiaridades físicas o de alguna otra circunstancia Although certainly not unique to the Latino culture, los apodos, or nicknames, are ubiquitous in Spanish-speaking countries whether it be on the playground, within families, or of course, in professional sports. These clever and silly names are an inherent part of Latino culture, yet usually misunderstood by outsiders and miscategorized as offensive. As the definitionRead More ...

Para Tí, Mamá

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One of the toughest things about living many borders away from my family is not getting the chance to create more loving memories with mi mamá. Not only the memories I want for myself now that I am more mature and also a mom, but those I want my girl to have of her Abuela. I have to admit there’s also a feeling of guilt embedded in me for not having outwardly expressed to my mom just how much IRead More ...

When Bilingualism is Confused with a Speech Disorder

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At my son’s preschool, they periodically do developmental screenings. I have never given much thought to these assessments since, having been a teacher for almost 20 years, I felt pretty confident that a learning disability or developmental delay would be obvious to me. Imagine my surprise when I learned that he had failed the speech and language screening. While discussing the evaluation with his teacher, I was shocked to learn that all of the children who spoke Spanish had failed.Read More ...

Week in Links for #BilingualKids — May 3

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Will Spanish Thrive or Decline in the U.S.? from NPR’s new blog Code Switch — Our contributor Chelsea touched upon the points made in this article regarding the future of Spanish in the U.S. Check it out and let us know if you agree. Cinco de Mayo No Hecho en México, Actually from The Wall Street Journal — Another take on the future of Spanish in the United States from the authors of the forthcoming book “The Story of Spanish” (whichRead More ...

Care Cards: De Mamá a Mamá

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with JOHNSON’S Baby. As always, all opinions are my own. A little bit over 22 years ago I left El Salvador, the country that holds the stories of my childhood, to attend college in the U.S. Back then my decision was full of hope for a future that was wide open and full of infinite possibilities. I left behind the comfort of a home where all my physical needs were covered, asRead More ...

The Future of Spanish: Should We Worry?

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This week, my daily news surfing brought me to this article from NPR about the unclear future of the Spanish language in the U.S. The author, Luis Clemens, challenges the idea that the growing number of Latinos in America automatically means there will be more Spanish speakers going forward. Those of us in the middle of child rearing in more than one language are familiar with how much work and conscious planning it takes to achieve the end of producingRead More ...

I’m Becoming My Mom, and That’s a Good Thing

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Disclosure: We’re working with Hallmark on a series of posts for Mother’s Day for which we’re being compensated. As usual, all stories and opinions are our own. Time and motherhood definitely play the biggest tricks on you. Just when you think you’re wise enough to have it all under control, a little being comes into your life to let you know that there’s still a whole lot of inner work to be done and lessons to be learned. I trulyRead More ...

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