Spanish-speaking countries have a lasting fascination for me; culture, language, history, music. In 2018, I researched, collecting notes over a week's time to follow my curiosity about food, science, agriculture, literature, soccer/fútbol and traditional music across the globe where Spanish is spoken and published the results. Here is where my curiosity led me in my … Continue reading 7 Posts to Satisfy Curiosity
Not surprisingly, it lies in the ancient capital of Spain, Toledo. Although it was built around 1180, and improved in 1260 to make it the central synagogue, Jewish worship only filled the space for 211 of the 839 years it's existed. The temple was one of ten in that city before the 1400s. Currently only … Continue reading Where is Spain’s Oldest Synagogue?
I'm working hard to make every morning and every evening count in terms of our child's Spanish language exposure. Breakfast en español is working! Our child is speaking Spanish for the majority of sentences while eating coconut yogurt to start the day. I listen without making corrections, as our child has requested. I make encouraging … Continue reading The Bilingual Dream
How did I pick only seven? I haven't been to Northwestern or Southeastern Spain, yet! I find places where a mix of cultures has left their mark interesting to explore. Andalucía shines for the eight centuries of convivencia, the peaceful co-existing of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish people in Spain. Several of my favorite sights are … Continue reading Seven Cities to See in Spain
It’s just dinner, Tuesdays, from now on. The bilingual experiment is lagging a bit, lost its novelty I suppose. Yet, I’ve noticed when our child hears Spanish from Dad, the reaction is amazement and delight. My husband’s stealth Spanish competency is rarely revealed. Ho hum, mom’s daily Spanish is mundane and hardly attracts attention. But … Continue reading Papa Bear Says Sí
Sunday morning we had a watershed event in our kitchen. At breakfast, I spoke to our child in Spanish, as I do each day and received answers in English. I work to counter feeling disheartened when my daily hints to reply in kind rarely work for more than a sentence. Everything was the same until, … Continue reading 3 Tips: How to Nudge a Child into Taking Ownership of a New Habit