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Bilingual Language Acquisition & Language Contact

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As a German mother living in Scotland with a Scottish husband I’m attempting to bring our 2 1/2 year old daughter up bilingually. We are encountering a situation where our daughter understands German, the minority language, perfectly, but most of her utterances are in English. She needs a lot of positive encouragement to even say single words in German. This is worrying, and from reading other parents’ experiences, I know that our daughter isn’t unusual, and neither are our worriesRead More ...

Video of the Week::Ricas Frutas

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I’mfeeling like sharing a classic today.  This music video was created by the Plaza Sésamo production and was included in the Putumayo Kids Sesame Street Playground CD/DVD set.  This set is a great way to watch some favorite Sesame Street characters with their amigos around the world and to listen to music from different cultures. This song is called “Ricas Frutas” and features Mexcian signer Aleks Syntek along with Pancho, Abelardo, and Lola from Plaza Sésamo. ¡Qué lo disfruten! PlazaRead More ...

A Piñata Story

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I grew up in El Salvador going to Piñatas, not fiestas de cumpleaños, but Piñatas. If you guessed that the smacking of the hanging toy was the main attraction, you’re right. The thing is I don’t remember ever having fun when it was my turn to grab the stick and hit the swinging piñata. I never felt tall enough, strong enough, or maybe I simply was never interested enough. I was reminded about this feeling of childhood inadequacy last weekRead More ...

Outstanding Latino Authors and Illustrators

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The American Library Association just concluded its 2009 Annual Conference a couple of days ago and according to many in attendance, one of the highlights was the Pura Belpré Celebration. The winners of this coveted award – which recognizes the best in Latino children’s literature – were announced earlier this year, but the awards were actually given out on Sunday in Chicago during a ceremony many call nothing less than a pachanga. According to the ALA’s website, the Pura BelpréRead More ...

OPOL WEEK: Useful Links

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This contest is now closed. The week’s final winner is:  Susan. Congratulations!  Thanks to all! We feel we hit the mark when we decided to dedicate a whole week to the One-Parent-One-Language method of raising bilingual children. If you’ve missed the informative articles prepared by Roxana, experts and guests then click here to read them. Today is our last day of the OPOL WEEK and we’ve put together a list of useful links related to the OPOL method. Some areRead More ...

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