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Raising a Bilingual Child: A Real Gift

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The following is a guest post by Carolina Gomez founder of 1-2-3 Spanish Together. We are a bicultural family living in Boston, MA. My husband is from the United States, and I am originally from Colombia where I grew up and lived for the first two-thirds of my life. We are both bilingual, and although we learned our second languages as adults, without the opportunity to learn or being exposed to a second language as children, we understand each other’sRead More ...

Your Story: Jeannette Kaplun and her Bi-cultural Family

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Last Saturday, Univisión premiered the second season of the Emmy nominated, family show “¡Viva La Familia! de Todobebé.”  If you´ve never had the chance to watch it-it airs every Saturday at noon/11am Central-you´re missing a very entertaining, heart-warming, star-studded and informative show in Spanish for the whole family. It’s hosted by two beautiful mamás: famous Mexican actress Aracely Arámbula and renowned parenting author, bilingual mother of two and founder of Todobebé, Jeannette Kaplún. I´ve been lucky enough to meet JeannetteRead More ...

Inspired to Give a Hand

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Last week I was invited to be part of a small group of Los Angeles mom bloggers to go on a tour of a local Ronald McDonald House.  The outing was in support of this year’s McHappy Day- McDonald’s signature fundraiser to call attention to the needs of children that’s happening this Friday.  I was skeptical at first, or just plain ignorant, because we don’t want to be giving away our article space to shamelessly promote big-buck companies.  I finallyRead More ...

Your Story: How Dora the Explorer was Born

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Her original name was not Dora and Latina she was not. More than 10 years ago and after working with outside creators to come up with new ideas, Nickelodeon’s Valerie Walsh Valdes and Chris Gifford were given the opportunity of a lifetime: to develop their own show. This is what they thought up: a show about a preschool girl who has a bunch of animal friends and goes exploring every day. Her name was Tess. But the network’s executives hadRead More ...

I Never Forget Where I Come From

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By day, I’m your typical acculturated 30-something. A die-hard fan of “Sex and the City” who goes goo goo gaga for Tiffany´s & Co., and savors a daily dose of vanilla latte. In many ways – pura gringa. At night, I go to a multi-generational home – one that hasn’t changed much since I was born. I was raised by my abuelo and abuela ever since my mom left the tiny country of El Salvador in search of the bigRead More ...

Your Story: If Only I Spoke Spanish

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When I meet new people, I often try to slip into the conversation that I’m Mexican-American. You can’t tell by looking at me (I’m the whitey-whitest in a family of fairly white Mexicans) and you can’t tell by talking with me because my Spanish is terrible. I love my culture and I’m so proud to be Latina, but I often feel like a fraud because I can’t really speak the language. The fact that I’m not bilingual is one ofRead More ...

Your Story: Raising a Bicultural Family in Mexico, Part 2

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This is the continuation of yesterday’s post. We first learned about Susan McKinney de Ortega through a message she sent to let us know about her own blog and how she occasionally writes about raising two bilingual and bicultural teenage girls in San Miguel de Allende, México. The more we read about her and her family the more we wanted details. Luckily, she had written all about it in the short story “Two Red Lines” you’re about to read whichRead More ...

Your Story: Raising a Bicultural Family in Mexico

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Although this is the first time we’re doing this, both Ana Lilian and I are so sure you’re going to so thoroughly enjoy the following essay, that the decision to post it was not hard to make. We first learned about Susan McKinney de Ortega through a message she sent to let us know about her own blog and how she occasionally writes about raising two bilingual and bicultural teenage girls in San Miguel de Allende, México.  The more weRead More ...

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