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Why Consistency & Repetition Are Key for Bilingual Kids

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Enzo has made incredible progress in English, and just when I wonder if English has replaced Spanish as his first language, Enzo surprises me by saying things like “Mama, en español por favor.” (Mama, in Spanish please.) He was referring to one of his favorite TV shows, Doc McStuffins, which I usually play for him in Spanish. I was, of course, thrilled. It was very different from a meltdown he had one morning when I switched the Doc McStuffins episodeRead More ...

Instead of Banning Spanish, Schools Should Promote the Benefits of Bilingualism

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I came across two very different stories regarding bilingualism in the United States this week. One made me very hopeful about the future of bilingualism, while the other completely deflated those hopes. The first one was about a school in Florida that wants to make sure its Latino students don’t lose their Spanish. Since it’s not a dual-language school, administrators have come up with the brilliant idea of asking parents to sign a pledge to speak to their children inRead More ...

I Am The Mom Who Speaks Spanish

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I volunteer in my boys’ classrooms when I can, and we make a point of going to school events. One of my favorite things to do when it comes to school, though, is just hang out. They’re still young enough to get excited when I have a day off and can come have lunch with them in the cafeteria, and when I pick them up at aftercare on the early side, I like sitting with them and the other kids at the table whileRead More ...

The Legacy of Words: Passing On the Spanish of Our Abuelos & Cri-Cri, El Grillito Cantor

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It’s been said that “the past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” Well, they also speak differently. I remember how my grandparents, who were born in South Texas and lived there their entire lives, spoke Spanish. Their Spanish included a healthy mix of antiquated or regional Spanish words like velís (veliz), instead of maleta, or bogecito for baby stroller. And we all grew up calling opossums tlacuaches; cockroaches were tatascuanes; and of course, guajolote was turkey. TheyRead More ...

3 Tips to Avoid Giving Up on Spanish

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I was with my children in a store last month looking at Halloween costumes.  As usual, our conversation was completely in Spanish. I noticed a mother observing our interactions, and when I smiled at her, she shared her own bilingual adventures with me. Having been born and raised in Mexico, she initially only spoke Spanish to her son. Unfortunately, when he started school, he rebelled against Spanish and refused to speak it. Sadly, this mother gave up and switched toRead More ...

Moving Our Multilingual Family to South America

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Our little multilingual family has some exciting news! We will be moving to South America (Ecuador) in 2014! This definitely poses new challenges and exciting opportunities as a family who has multilingualism at the center of mostly everything we do (i.e., doctors visits, children’s books). We are already thinking about how our linguistic interactions will change as we establish ourselves in our new home aka the middle of the world. For example, we have considered changing our use of Spanish forRead More ...

Here’s Proof That It’s Never Too Late to Raise Bilingual Children

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As a multicultural and biracial familia, I was pretty clear about wanting to raise a bilingual child. Ah yes! It would be simple! I would speak to our child in Spanish and my husband would speak to him in English. Sound familiar? Yes, we were going to use the OPOL (One Parent One Language) method. However, things are not always as easy as they seem, right? You see, I had the desire but not a plan. I fell into the comfortRead More ...

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Code-Switching if Your Kids are Bilingual

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We often get asked about using the word Spanglish as part of our blog’s name. I’m sure it has to do with the negative connotation the word has. You see, a lot of people assume that those of us who use Spanglish do it because we don’t know either language well enough when, in reality, the exact opposite is true. Our definition of Spanglish is the ability to go back and forth between languages effortlessly because we can. One ofRead More ...

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