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My New Year’s Language Learning Resolution

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I take my boys to a weekly Spanish class. The majority of the children have had some exposure to the language, which makes this the ideal class for us. My sons always use Spanish with me, and it is the language that they use with each other. During the art session of this class, one of the mothers started to ask me what I have done to get my kids to be so fluent in Spanish. I rattled off theRead More ...

Expose Your Kids to Spanish in These Unlikely Places

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I’m not a huge breakfast eater — unless I go to the French bakery by my house, which is run by a couple from the south of France who moved to Denver five years ago. I don’t know how I got so lucky, but the bakery is on my way to Santiago’s preschool and so I stop in there regularly to devour freshly-baked croissants and the best baguettes I’ve ever had outside of France. But one of the other reasonsRead More ...

Ideas for Last Minute Under $10 Gifts for Reyes Magos

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On a recent trip to Tijuana, I got my daughter Vanessa a wall calendar in Spanish. Since we just got back home from a holiday trip, we only put it up yesterday. Immediately, she saw the little drawing on the calendar marking el Día de los Reyes Magos and she realized it was right around the corner. On Sunday, Jan. 6 to be exact. I, of course, panicked because although I have a couple of books I kept over fromRead More ...

5 Years of Bilingual Parenting

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My son, Isaías, enjoying a Florida winter. Tomorrow, my son turns 5. It seems like a new milestone, like he’s moving into the big kid phase. He’s tying his shoes and learning to ride a bike without training wheels. Kindergarten is right around the corner, and I’m sure time will continue to whizz by as he discovers elementary school life. Isaiah’s 5th birthday isn’t just a turning point for him, though. It’s a day for me to pause and reflectRead More ...

Naming Our (Future) Bilingual Baby

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Next week I will be 33 weeks pregnant with our second child, and my husband and I are still deciding on a name. With our first, we agreed early on that we wanted a Spanish first name that was easy to pronounce in English (more importantly one that my husband felt comfortable with). It was important to me that he stay connected with his Chilean side and I wanted to start with his name. Oddly enough, it was my AmericanRead More ...

Happy New Year 2013!

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¡Feliz Año Nuevo! From our SpanglishBaby family to yours, we hope 2013 is filled with love, laughter, peace and LOTS and LOTS of Spanish Happy New Year! ...

Fun Latino Traditions for New Year’s Eve

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We’ve been in Texas since Friday spending time with some really good Mexican friends we consider family. We’re preparing everything for our New Year’s Eve celebration tonight and as I was checking to make sure we had enough grapes for everyone to eat 12 at the stroke of midnight, I started thinking of all the other traditions/superstitions Latinos have related to Año Nuevo. 12 uvas de la suerte This tradition is originally from Spain, but has been adopted by manyRead More ...

Our Sneak Peek of the Cars Land Float for the 2013 Rose Parade!

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Cars Land, the newest land in the Disneyland Resort, is now also going down in history as a 125-foot long float in the 2013 Rose Parade! I’ve been a fan of watching the Rose Parade ever since I can remember. I used to wake up early on New Year’s Day after staying up super late the night before in some classic Salvadoran party-all-night style (yes, even when I was just a child!) just to watch the Rose Parade in itsRead More ...

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