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Our Summer of Spanish

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Even though we’re only half-way through the summer, my children are going back to school on Monday. So, for all intents and purposes, our summer is almost over. And what a summer it has been! Vanessa and Santiago have been immersed in Spanish all.summer.long and it has been an experience like no other. First, as many of you know, we spent a whole month in Puerto Rico with my husband’s side of the family where my children were not only fully immersedRead More ...

My Son Prefers English Even Though Spanish is All We Speak at Home

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It’s official! My 3-year-old son’s vocabulary in English has multiplied exponentially the last couple of months, and he’s starting to have a preference for his new language. I’ve been observing him closely lately and I am pretty amazed by the fact that whenever he plays by himself, English is his language of choice. Nothing wrong with that, except that it’s all totally new for me because his sister didn’t really do that. I’m pretty sure it has to do with the fact thatRead More ...

Is Hispanic a Race or an Ethnicity? Does it Even Matter?

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One day when I was teaching ESL, I was working with a group of students from Mexico and Central America. Pencils scratched the paper, the energy was electric, the excitement palpable: we were filling out their applications for a program at a community college that would allow them to take a class over the summer. And the, we got to the demographic section: “Miss, am I white, black, Asian, or American Indian?” asked a young girl from El Salvador. TheRead More ...

Why It’s Imperative to Me That My Kids Speak Spanish

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My very active 83-year-old aunt called me a few minutes ago to ask me to accompany her to one of her multiple events. She is from Ecuador and has been living in San Francisco for about 65 years, since she came to the U.S. for college. She got married with an Italian-American guy and had four children. Her children live around the Bay Area and except for one of them, who learned Spanish in college; they speak only a fewRead More ...

Can Bilingualism Cause Alienation?

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We moved into a new house last May. I was so excited since I knew that there were a lot of children in the neighborhood.  There were boys the same ages as my sons living on either side of us. I envisioned my children having many fun afternoons playing with the other children in the community. Unfortunately, my visions of our new life in the neighborhood never came about. Things started out well. The day that the moving truck officiallyRead More ...

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