“It’s Part of my Latina Heritage” (Family Fridays)

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¡Feliz viernes, amig@s! To wrap up the month of February, I’m delighted to introduce you to Keila, who blogs at Mommy in Milwaukee. She and her husband are raising their two adorable boys in Spanish and English. Today she shares with us how bilingualism is a way to preserve her Latina heritage. Be encouraged, friends.


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Book Review: “Bilingual by Choice” by Virginie Raguenaud

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As I’ve written previously, I didn’t run out and purchase every last parenting book I could get my hands on when I learned I was pregnant.

But, I did scour the bookstores for any and all books on bilingual parenting. While I didn’t know whether I’d be into attachment parenting or sleep training, baby purees or baby weaning – I figured I’d see as I went along – I did make the decision to raise my daughter bilingually.

Today’s book under review centers around that premise: bilingual parenting is a choice and that choice requires active and intentional support on the part of parents. Bilingual by Choice: Raising Kids in Two (or more!) Languages (2009) by Virginie Raguenaud is another great resource for parents undertaking the daunting and exciting journey of bilingual parenting. Continue reading

Conversation with Dr. François Grosjean, Professor & Researcher on Bilingualism, and Author of “Bilingual: Life and Reality”

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Friends, today I have the honor of sharing with you a recent conversation I had with the preeminent researcher in the area of bilingualism, Dr. François Grosjean, Professor Emeritus at the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland).

I was first introduced to Dr. Grosjean during my time in graduate school while pursuing a Master’s degree in linguistics. I became reacquainted with his research and writings when I became a mom and my husband and I decided to raise our daughter, E., now 13 months, bilingually (Spanish and English). If you’ve been following my blog for the past few months you may remember this post and this one, in which I refer to Grosjean’s research, as well as the review I wrote on his book Bilingual: Life and Reality.

Merci, Dr. Grosjean, for graciously taking the time to share your expertise with us today. Be encouraged, friends. Continue reading

“Multilingualism is always a good idea.” (Family Fridays)

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¡Feliz viernes, amig@s! We’re back with another exciting installment of Family Fridays here on the blog. If you’re new to the blog, WELCOME! This is a weekly series in which I spotlight the multilingual journey of families from around the globe. Today, I am honored to introduce you to fellow multilingual mommy and blogger, Annabelle. If you haven’t already checked out her fabulous blog, be sure to do so after reading her interview with me. She blogs at The Piri-Piri Lexicon.

Today, Annabelle shares with us the adventures and challenges of raising her two lovely children in four languages. Be encouraged, friends. Continue reading

On My Bedside Table (and, in my Feedly) – part 4

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I have found that one of the best ways to combat the winter blues is to read.

Due to below zero temps here on the East Coast of the United States, E. and I have had to find fun and creative ways to keep busy indoors. And, that’s meant lots of reading (never a bad thing, regardless of the weather!).

A few months back, I started a mini-series here on the blog about the books I’m currently reading (on my bedside table) and the on-line articles and blogs that have caught my attention in my Feedly and twitter accounts. Here’s what I’ve been reading lately. Continue reading

Conversation with Dr. Kendall King, linguistics professor, researcher, and co-author of “The Bilingual Edge”

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Kendall King and her two children


¡Hola, amig@s! If you’ve been following the blog you may have read my recent review of the bilingual parenting book “The Bilingual Edge.” Not only has it been an invaluable resource to me and my family, but it was co-authored by one of my graduate school professors at Georgetown University, Kendall King. Dr. King is now a professor of second languages and culture at the University of Minnesota.

Today, I have the privilege to share with you a recent conversation I had with her in which we discuss her 2007 book, her current research, and her own bilingual family.

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“Ya Está.” – Miscommunication as Romantic (A Valentine’s Day Post)

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“Ya está.” (“That’s it.”)

Who would’ve thought that those two little words would set my early twenty-something’s love life on a trajectory of para siempre.

I’m going to tell you a story, one of miscommunication, misinterpretation, and ultimately language learning and amor. It’s how my husband of 11 years, D., and I began nuestra relación. Continue reading