Thursday, December 25, 2008

Se Habla Espanol

I spoke to Kelly only in Spanish for the first year of her life. When she learned to speak, she spoke only in English. It was so discouraging to me because it was important to me that my children be bilingual. So it's fun for me here in El Salvador to hear the three of them speaking Spanish. Kelly's has a Castilian accent from her year in Spain. Molly learned a lot in Honduras. Now Brenna's Spanish has a completely different accent, and it warms my heart that she speaks it very well. I like being someplace where I can use my Spanish, too. It makes people (like the hotel reception or the taxi driver), happy when they think they're going to have to struggle to communicate, and then I talk to them in their language. Very fun.  

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