Four personal favorites from 2018; posts about coming of age across the pond, traveling in Guatemala, passing the bilingual torch to the next generation and celebrating Mexican culture. Hope you enjoy reading them as much as I liked writing them. Being Braver Travel leads to self-knowledge. Self-knowledge allows us to envision and live our … Continue reading 4 Fake Flamenco Favorites
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 … Continue reading Winning the Bee
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 … Continue reading A Trusted Friend
An imperfect and rewarding journey of creating a bilingual family as a non-native Spanish speaker.
The year we lived in Chile, every three months we traveled to nearby countries to renew our visas. We visited Argentina, once in a small town up in the mountains and another in the capital of Buenos Aires. My husband and I went to an Italian restaurant for dinner. I believe we ate gnoccis, potato … Continue reading Four Days in Uruguay
Luckily, Rebecca is easy to pronounce in Spanish. In Chile during introductions, people often would say, “but that’s a Spanish name.” Although Rebeca is common in Spain and Latin America, I was named after my mom’s sister. My aunt mostly goes by Becky. I don’t, despite what teachers would inevitably call me the first day … Continue reading How I Learned My Name