We are trying our hardest to raise a little bilingual Spanish-English person in our house.
As a person who didn’t learn Spanish until the age of 13 and who now teaches high school Spanish, I know what a challenge it can be to acquire language at a later stage in life. That being said, my half-cuban hubby and I have decided that learning both English and Spanish in our house is a priority for our daughter and her possible future siblings. At first, I worried a little about implementing this idea and read a lot about the challenges that predominantly English-speaking families have with the integration of a second language in their house. But, after a little time getting to know our now almost 2 year old daughter, the use of Spanish in our house has become more natural for us as a family.
This post, in honor of father’s day, is a shout out to my husband for keeping the Spanish alive in our house. We both studied in Spain and have a funny vocabulary as a result. However, with his combination familial-cuban spanish from his grandparents + madrileño slang + american classroom Spanish, he continuously inspires me to just simply keep speaking by “rocking what we’ve got”. He jokes around with our daughter in Spanish, sings to her little invented songs and sweetly talks to her about her day, so naturally, all in Spanish. Sometimes, the evil-grammar-police lady comes out and I correct his Tú vs. Usted commands or his accidental confusion of the preterite vs. imperfect, but he remains patient and takes time to teach the little lady all that he can.
Will she be fluent? Maybe not. Will she love languages? Maybe.
Will she love the culture, food (she’s a black bean addict!) and traditions that we are hoping to keep intact in our family over time? Hopefully!
Thank you “Richito”, for keeping (cuban/madrileño/gringo) Spanish alive, happy and fun in our house!