Bilingualism anyone?

When I was a child I loved to dance and I wanted to go to dancing classes. My mom had other plants, however. She put me in English classes instead and I didn't like it much.

Kids covering their faces with their hands.
Lluvia de Harina / Rain of Flour

At one point in my life I had decided I would never speak English! Yeah right! Well things changed and I ended up marrying a “gringo”, moving to the USA, and writing a bilingual blog, go figure!

Now I thank my mom because those classes were a great head start for learning English as an adult, I wish I had learned more when I was a child though. Now, here I am taking a daily decision since the births of my sons to speak to them in Spanish, read to them in Spanish and watch cartoons with them in Spanish.

It's my deepest with for the to speak perfect English and perfect Spanish. I want for them the best of both worlds. Sometimes it's frustrating, sometimes I forget words in my first language, sometimes I go back and forth between languages without even realizing it!

Sometimes I fell English is so dominant in their world that they will never speak perfect Spanish… then my son will use a new Spanish world or will understand every word I say in Spanish, and I relax, feel proud and happy.

Tell me… what do you think about raising children in a bilingual household? Do you have any tips or experiences about bilingualism you would like to share? Tell me in a comment at the end of this post. I would like to know what you think.

Silvia Martinez
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