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MLK: "We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now"

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Today we honor a courageous human being who always said it like it was: Martin Luther King, Jr. I often wonder what he’d think of the current anti-immigration laws – full of the very civil right abuses he so adamantly denounced. My children are still way too little to understand any of it, but as they get a little older, I want to make sure that they know about this man and not just from what is taught to themRead More ...

English Books Be Gone!

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I have made several moves to guarantee my daughter learns Spanish and French. To start, when I was pregnant I made sure to only buy books in Spanish or French. I was also happy to accept hand me downs of books, toys, or clothes from friends and family. One of the large boxes of inherited goods included books – very exciting, until, to my dismay, I opened it up and noticed they were all in English! I decided to keepRead More ...

My Bilingual Writer

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You might remember how worried I was about teaching Vanessa to read and write in Spanish before she entered kindergarten last fall. In the end, I opted not to go that route and instead she’s been learning to read and write at school in English first. When I made my decision, I figured it’d be easier – for both of us – to transfer the skills she learned in English to Spanish and all would be merry. Little did IRead More ...

Disneyland Celebrates Three Kings Day…and we were there!

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Editor´s note: As we announced last week, for the first time ever the Disneyland Resort is observing Three Kings Day as part of their celebration of holidays. I (Ana) wasn´t able to attend since I´m still in El Salvador with the family, but we asked our friend Rachel Matos of TheArtMuse.net to attend with her son and tell us all about it! I’m Latina and I’m Catholic. Can you believe that we never celebrated Three Kings Day? A Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian family with noRead More ...

¡Feliz Día de Reyes!

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Editor’s note: This post is my contribution to Spanish Friday. De niña siempre celebré Reyes Magos, pero la verdad es que no me acuerdo haber comido rosca, aunque seguramente lo hice por lo menos los años que viví en México D.F. Lo que sí me acuerdo es dejar un zapato al pie de mi cama el 5 de enero y levantarme el 6 y encontrar caramelos y juguetes chiquitos dentro del zapato. Mi esposo es de Puerto Rico y allá élRead More ...

Parranda: A Puerto Rican Holiday Tradition

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Editor’s note: During the next few weeks, we’re going to be doing things a bit differently here as Ana and I concentrate in meeting the deadline for the forthcoming SpanglishBaby book. We hope you bear with us. Because we’ve been around for almost three years (wow! when did that happen?), we’ll be sharing some classic posts from when it all got started. This post was originally published on February 6, 2009. It’s 2:30 in the madrugada and the rooster won’t stop crowing. IRead More ...

¡Feliz Año Nuevo 2012!

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From our family to yours: Happy New Year 2012! We hope the new year brings new beginnings and continued success in your efforts to raise bilingual and bicultural children! We thank you for your support and can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store for all of us. For starters, we’ll be launching our much anticipated (at least by us) redesign, which we are sure you’re going to love because SpanglishBaby is going to be so much easier toRead More ...

Bilingual Musings: Mami, Do You Speak English?

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When Vanessa was younger I used to tell her I didn’t speak English, but now that she’s in kindergarten, she’s pretty much figured out that’s not true. Although we speak only Spanish at home, because she now spends a lot more time in the outside world, she’s heard me interact in English in more than one occasion. The other day, though, I was really surprised when she asked me – in Spanish – if I spoke English. When I saidRead More ...

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