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I Am The Mom Who Speaks Spanish

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I volunteer in my boys’ classrooms when I can, and we make a point of going to school events. One of my favorite things to do when it comes to school, though, is just hang out. They’re still young enough to get excited when I have a day off and can come have lunch with them in the cafeteria, and when I pick them up at aftercare on the early side, I like sitting with them and the other kids at the table whileRead More ...

5 Ways Multilingualism Can Boost Your Child’s Self-Esteem

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I’ve always been a shy child. But I’ve always been extremely proud of speaking another language. Here are five ways being bilingual helped boost my own self-esteem: 1) It has given me strong communication skills Remember the first time you tried out your newly-learned language skills and managed to get out a full sentence and get a reaction that wasn’t confusion, but rather an answer to your question or a response to your request? Remember how confident you felt? TheRead More ...

Is Spanish an Endangered Language in the United States?

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The topics of bilingualism and the state of the Spanish language in the United States have been in the news a lot lately. A couple of weeks ago, an article I worked on over the summer titled “Can Spanish survive in the U.S.?” was published on USA Today’s Hispanic Living magazine, as you can see in the photo of the cover above. It’s an article I truly enjoyed working on because it was incredibly interesting to delve into the history ofRead More ...

Opening a World of Opportunities for Our Daughter by Raising her Multilingual

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I don’t remember we ever discussed raising a multilingual child. It seems to me that it was always the obvious thing to do. I am a bilingual Dominican; I speak Spanish and English. My husband is a bilingual Dane; he speaks Danish and English. We live in Punta Cana, a tourist enclave in the Dominican Republic. We have been together for nearly two decades, and choosing a common language at the beginning of our relationship was very easy: I had no patience for myRead More ...

Translanguaging: A Very Normal Multilingual Phenomenon

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Some parents stop speaking to their children in their second language when the child seems “confused” because they use both languages simultaneously. The fact of the matter is that this is the way languages evolve when they come into contact. In fact, I have been meaning to record my 3-year-old’s colorful use of two languages. Just the other day she said, “Rafa (her older cousin), do you want to comer?” Another example is when she was asking me to buyRead More ...

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