Losing my fire?

We’ve been looking for the perfect sofa for our family room since we moved to the new house. It’s a tough layout, so it’s been hard to decide how we want it. By now, we’ve been to the nearby furniture stores a couple of times, we know the options and it’s just about time we make up our mind and finally get our couch. So, once again and filled with…

Oh, Boy!

October 21st we came back home from San Francisco. We’d been there for a couple of games and that night the San Francisco Giants had won over the Philadelphia Phillies. And how they became the 2010 World Series Champions is history by now. My life changed that night when I learned I was pregnant. As in an out-of-body experience–ironically it was a very much in-the-body one, I didn’t know anything…

Speaking Spanglish

There are two articles that I recently found about bilingualism and Spanglish which made me want to be part of the conversation. The first one: Intermingling languages: From conversation to literature by Francois Grosjean and the second one: Why does Spanglish get such a bad rap? by Roxana Soto from Spanglishbaby.com. I too find the bilingual behavior fascinating and enriching. I speak Spanish. I learned English in school, in Mexico.…

Day of the Dead

We just celebrated Halloween. Trick-or-treaters with sharp fangs and claws enjoyed a night of spooky fun and sugar rush. Being such a playful holiday, it is hard not to share the spirit with our neighbors, so in Mexico too kids go out and ask for their Calaveritas dressed in costumes and without any real intentions of tricking you. But then, on November 1st and 2nd we also celebrate Día de…

A Tale of Two Holidays

September 15th marks the beginning of the Hispanic Heritage Month; it is when Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua celebrate their independence from the Spanish rule. My beloved Mexico starts celebrating that night too, though the official Mexican Independence Day is the 16th. For Chile, it is the 18th. A lot of people mistakenly think that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day. On May 5th 1862, Mexican troops defeated…

Are Immigrants Happy?

There are different reasons why we decide to leave our home country to engage in the adventure of moving into the land of hope. Although there are as many stories as there are immigrants, we all have the pursuit of happiness in common. We leave our family and friends, speak a different language and miss our food (ok, we… the cooking challenged ones at least).  We get homesick at some…

Mexiquette: Handshake? Kiss? Hug?

All of the above… we’re Mexican! After finding some articles offering a list of social graces and rules of social etiquette in Mexico, I realized we do have this sort of tacit code when it comes to the meet and greetdynamic in our culture. However, I don’t believe we need to become the embodiment of sophistication, as some of those rules suggest, to come across as we really want to.…

Child Translators

Learning a second language is a very complex process, and it’s especially challenging for adults because it involves a lot of brain stretching in several stages. Kids have it a little easier. Their brains are flexible, they don’t rely on previous knowledge as much as grownups and they are still learning pretty much about it all, so a second language comes just as a part of that process. It’s been…

Say what?

I was asked if I had been treated differently because I spoke English. I’m afraid I have no way to know how I would have been treated if I didn’t, so the best I can do is to tell you what I sense from fellow Mexicans and how I feel about it. To discriminate means to note or distinguish differences. So, yes, there is discrimination. I want to be very…