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Week in Links for #BilingualKids — Jan. 18

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Spanish is Second Most Used Language in Twitter from Fox News Latino — Amazing news considering that “60 percent of Latin Americans are still not on the Web.” Do you use Spanish in Twitter? I do! Mexican Teachers Adapt to their American Raised Students from PRI’s The World — A look at what’s happening on the other side of the border. As some Mexicans are going back home with their American-raised children who aren’t fluent in Spanish, Mexican teachers are struggling to communicate with themRead More ...

Spanish Resolutions for El Nuevo Año

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En el nuevo año, vamos a hablar más español. Vamos a cantar canciones en español. Vamos a leer más libros en español. En el nuevo año we are going to bring español into each part of the day, even if it means we are speaking Spanglish, even if it means we are little bit confused, even if it means we have to consult Google Translate. It is so easy to forget to speak Spanish when I am the lone native speakerRead More ...

The Day My Son Became a Dual Citizen of the US and Mexico

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  I am, by no means, a great cook. Sure I may evoke some smiles from friends when I bring out my almost-famous “Tracy-lotes,” complete with butter, queso cotija and chili powder sprinkled on top. My suegros from Mexico are always gracious at Thanksgiving when I serve up one of my new creations that I pick up from one of my social media platforms. And my co-workers at last year’s holiday party kindly made room for my arroz con leche, which somehowRead More ...

Maintaining Spanish at Home When Your Child’s Exposed to Only English in School

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“Nena, aquí es donde vas aprender inglés, pero con mami y papi vas a seguir hablando español, ¿okay?” (This is where you are going to learn English, but with mom and dad you’ll continue speaking Spanish, okay?) “Mami y Papi español.” (Mom and Dad Spanish.) “Si, en la casita de Sabrina hablamos español.” (Yes, at Sabrina’s home we speak Spanish.) “Casita español, mami.” (Little house Spanish, mommy.) I had a knot in my throat and my eyes were beginning toRead More ...

How ‘Encargos’ Help Me Teach My Kids to Love All Things Peruvian

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There are a ton of things I miss about my birth country, but the food and the Pacific Ocean are probably the two I miss the most. The only way for me to solve this is to travel back home, but since it’s been almost two years since our last trip there, I have to settle for the “encargos” my mom brings with her to Denver every time she goes back to Peru. Through the years, the list hasn’t reallyRead More ...

Week in Links for #BilingualKids — Jan. 11

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Bilingualism and language learning has been in the news a lot more than usual since 2013 started. Take a look: Bilinguals Have Faster, More Adaptive Brains When They Get Older, Study Finds from ABC News — More proof that the benefits of being bilingual last a lifetime. You can also read Ana’s take on this study on her Babble post. Babies Seem to Pick Up Language in Utero from The New York Times — We knew babies learn to recognize theirRead More ...

Another Advantage for #BilingualKids? Sharper Brains

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It’s no secret my passion is to convince everyone I can that exposing your child to a second language is one of the most amazing and beneficial gifts you could ever give him. The benefits of a bi- and multilingual brain keep receiving praises on national news as more and more scientific research keeps coming out exalting the pros — and practically no cons! — of growing up being able to effortlessly switch your brain from one language to another.Read More ...

New Year’s Resolution: We Will Speak More Spanish at Home

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I began to learn Spanish a bit in grade school, and then in high school began the typical Spanish classes an hour a day. When I was a freshman, I traveled abroad for the first time to Peru with my dad to bring home my newly adopted brother and sister. This trip changed my life in uncountable ways: experiencing and living the language in bustling Lima and magical Cuzco cemented my love of Spanish and Latin culture. In college, IRead More ...

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