Seventh grader Lola Hernández Mendoza won the Madison city-wide Spanish spelling bee this May. Madison has a Hmong spelling contest as well, and dual language immersion programs for both. Lola is a bilingual American citizen of Puerto Rican descent. Her proud family began a successful campaign to raise the $2000 needed for Lola and her […]Read more
Señora V required us to sing the alphabet song in our high school Spanish class, and more’s the marvel, we all complied. (ah, bay, say, che…) I understood there were four additional letters beyond the English 26: ch for chocolate, ll for tortilla, ñ for piñata, and rr for burrito. Well, I wasn’t correct about […]Read more
Hola Amigos, Les ofrezco mis escrituras humildes sobre los países hispanohablantes que tuve la suerte de visitar. Hablo de cultura, idioma, encuentros sociales, la política y la economía. A pesar de estudiar el castellano por varias décadas, los errores gramaticales míos persiguen… Disculpa. Hablo de mi corazón a los suyos, buscando un intercambio de ideas […]Read more
On the plane to Buenos Aires in 2002, I read the Chilean newspaper. The tumult of protests in Argentina’s capital was front page news. I struggled to swallow. How would I tell Evan we were headed for trouble? I bit my lip, exhaled, then touched his shoulder saying, “Honey, I don’t know how to tell […]Read more
An imperfect and rewarding journey of creating a bilingual family as a non-native Spanish speaker.Read more
Saw a Longreads post this morning I wanted to share with you. Candace Rose Rardon captures the essence of Uruguay in The Country Where Fútbol Comes First — Longreads. Although Uruguay did not go onto the finals of the World Cup this year, her words and drawings channel their passion. ¡Gol!
Uruguay, a small nation with a deep-seated passion for soccer, is the inspiration for any underdog vying to win a World Cup.