A Chilanga in San Diego, Part 2

We arrived in San Diego Wednesday afternoon. It was really sunny as they promised. I could feel the friendly vibe from the first step into the Hilton and I was talking to people before I could get my badge and tote. The welcome reception was held on the beautiful Promenade Patio while the sun set over the Coronado Bay. It exceeded all of my expectations. At first, I shyly sat…

A Chilanga in San Diego, Part 1

The American Translators Association’s 53rd Annual Conference in San Diego is next week. This will be my first time as an attendee and to say I’m excited is an understatement. Over 1,800 linguists will gather to be part of this four-day grandiose learning experience and networking extravaganza, including many celebrities within the industry. It is both thrilling and intimidating. After all, these are the movers and shakers in the business…

Bilingual Etiquette

Last week I took my one-year-old for our evening walk. A smiling neighbor walked by us and stopped to chat. He introduced his dog and I introduced my baby. “Hey Ricky, do you want to pet the doggy?”, he kindly asked my son. The response: an awkward blank stare. To the rescue, I came up with my first honest thought: “Oh, he’s never seen a dog this close”, which sounded…

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…