Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The Irony, La Ironia

My wife and I are aware that we live in the Rio Grande Valley where being bilingual is commonplace. For this reason, we have decided to expose our kids to both English and Spanish. We teach them Spanish when they are babies and then let them pick up English as they get older. This worked well with our daughter, Tien. However, with the boy, it's more difficult because we all speak English, primarily. He only spoke a few words to grandma and grandpa in Spanish. What is ironic is that now that he is here in Head Start in Rice Lake, WI, he is learning to speak Spanish. It's backwards. He has no need for Spanish here in an all English area and he's speaking it. Back home, we could barely get him to try.

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