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
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
No extra money for language classes or international travel? (My hand is raised) Let’s talk. So we've spent a year, five years or ten+ learning a second language. How can we avoid our vocabulary falling away like so many shooting stars? See my top seven ideas for low budget refreshers. The ideas go from free-of-charge … Continue reading 7 Tips to Keep Your Second Language Alive
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
An imperfect and rewarding journey of creating a bilingual family as a non-native Spanish speaker.