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Your Favorite Dichos

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Last week we had lots of fun asking the SpanglishBaby Familia on Facebook to share with us their favorite dichos. You know, those proverbial and poetic phrases full of wisdom you heard again and again from your abuela, tías, mamá y papá and now you find yourself repeating (and preaching!) to your kids at any given moment. You suddenly realize you inherited more from your mami than only her good skin and laugh. The other beauty about dichos is thatRead More ...

Ser Papá Bilingüe: Where Are All the Dads?

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There is one thing I have noticed about SpanglishBaby’s (and other parenting blogs’) readership that I don’t like: very few fathers are represented! This is nothing new; moms have historically been the ones attending playdates and talking about the trends in diaper bags. Still, fatherhood has changed considerably and, when it comes to maintaining a home culture and language, the presence of Papi is just as important as that of Mami. Since my significant other is one of the mostRead More ...

PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest goes BILINGUAL!

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Calling all creative minds across the nation from grades Kindergarten through Third! PBS KIDS GO! has launched its annual writing contest and this year we spotted something very exciting on the contest’s rule page: “Non-English text must be translated on the same page and the translation text must adhere to word count.” What does this mean? It means that your child can write or dictate their story in Spanish or other heritage language as long as an English translation accompaniesRead More ...

Our Search for a Dual Language Immersion Kindergarten

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It’s hard to believe that in just seven months my girl will be starting a whole new stage in life: kindergarten. That means that we are now deep in the process of touring dual language immersion programs, applications and crossing fingers to get a spot in one of our top choices. Just three years ago when we launched this blog, I visited what was then Benjamin Franklin Elementary school in the Glendale Unified District in California. We wrote a seriesRead More ...

Bilingual Musings: The Art of Speaking Spanish

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Every time I think about it, I can’t stop laughing. Not the “making-fun-of” kind of laughter, more like the “that’s unbelievable” one. A couple of days ago, a colleague of mine told me our office assistant was going to make an order for office supplies and she wanted to know what we all needed. He said, “So, if you need any supplies like staples, tape, file folders o tal vez unos biromes, just let her know.” — ¿Unos qué?, I blurtedRead More ...

Will My Grandchildren Speak Spanish?

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Will my children be as passionate about Spanish as I am? I sure hope so… I know it’s crazy for me to even think about this right now considering my kids are only 5 and 2, but it’s something I often wonder. In fact, I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while, but then I got the February issue of Latina magazine which has an article titled Are we losing our Language? on the cover and I decidedRead More ...

We Are In The Heart of Haiti

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Last week I shared with you that I was about to embark in an adventure of a lifetime with a group of bloggers and the women behind the Heart of Haiti and Fair Winds Trading. I am now here, in the heart of the Republic of Haiti, and I can attest that even though the heart is suffering, it is fiercely pulsating. We’ve now spent two full days here and the best word to describe them is intense. Intensity inRead More ...

Welcome to the New and Improved SpanglishBaby!

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¡Hola! Welcome to the new and improved SpanglishBaby! This has been in the works for several months now and we couldn’t be happier with the results. Hope you feel the same way! If you’re new here, this will serve as a guide of sorts to keep in mind when navigating our site. If you’re not new, we still have all the great content as before, PLUS a few surprises. One of the main things you’ll notice is that our newRead More ...

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