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What to do When Your Child’s Name is Mispronounced

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As I mentioned in an older post, Marisol’s name is the source of some pronunciation issues for our friends and even family, sometimes. A few nights ago, Marisol did something about this that just made me so proud that I thought I should share. I was in the kitchen setting the table for dinner with a great friend of ours, when I heard Mari in the other room saying, “No, it’s Mah-ree-SOL. Mah-ree-SOL. It’s Mah-ree-SOL, Nathan.”  I ran in toRead More ...

Baptisms as a Cultural Tradition

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(Photography by Julio S. Sandoval) Last week, we baptized my gorgeous boy, Santiago. Ana, who is my son’s godmother, and her beautiful family came to Denver from LA for the celebration. It was a lovely ceremony and the party afterward was fun and totally relaxed. I cooked arroz con pollo! Santiago wore a beautiful white guayabera his godfather brought from Mexicali. I was worried he’d cry or at least soltar un chillido when the water was poured on him. Instead,Read More ...

How Technology Can Make Spanish Fun & Meaningful

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Children love computers and the Internet, and as our world becomes ever more technologically advanced, it is imperative that we give them the tools to explore and learn using technology.  Fortunately, technology can also be a valuable tool in our efforts to raise bilingual children.  There are numerous on-line stories in Spanish, videogames and websites.  The Internet also gives our children the chance to explore other countries and cultures preparing them for our ever-increasing global society. I absolutely love teachingRead More ...

One Family’s Total Immersion Adventure in Mexico

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Editor’s note: We are so incredibly excited to be able to share the first in a series of posts which will document an LA family’s incredible adventure as they move to Mexico for a few months so they can immerse their three children in the culture and language of that beautiful country. I’m at the edge of a cliff with beautiful sparkling water below. The meadow is great where I’m standing, but I’m going to jump anyway – I haveRead More ...

On César Chávez Day – ¡Sí se puede!

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“Yes we can” was the simple yet powerful campaign slogan used by, now President, Barack Obama, but long before the 2008 elections these words were used as a call to action. “Sí se puede” was the battle cry of farm workers fighting for fair wages in the 1970s. Organized by civil rights activist César Chávez along with Dolores Huerta, the labor union, United Farm Workers of America or UFWA, (which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW), initiated a boycottRead More ...

How Truly Bilingual is my Daughter?

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I’m worried. I know I shouldn’t be. But, I’m a mom. And moms worry, right? I know that what I’m going to say is going to sound crazy considering all the research I’ve been doing the last couple of years, all the tips and studies shared by our knowledgeable experts, and all the support we’ve gotten from the awesome community SpanglishBaby has become. But here it is: I have started to think that maybe I should’ve spoken more English toRead More ...

What Exactly Does it Mean to be Fluent in a Language?

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My varied experiences with the Spanish language have taught me that there is one thing bilinguals will always have a surplus of: questions. Fluency is a relative concept; everyone has a different definition of what it means to be fluent in a language, and my most pressing question seems to be Am I really fluent? At my son’s age (3), the questions are more basic, like Why do we say “his” and “her” en inglés, but only “su” en español?Read More ...

Antonio Banderas Tells Us Why Language Connects Our Children to Culture {Video}

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<iframe width=”600″ height=”450″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/Zz2enLZvLIo” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> Antonio Banderas probably never dreamed that his character of Puss, which was first introduced in Shrek 2, would take him down a magical road that is making a huge stop at the end of this year with the premiere of his own starring role as Puss in Boots. We were part of a small group of bloggers and media invited to get a sneak peek of the first hilarious 13 minutes of the filmRead More ...

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