Episode 31: MAMI Talks about her bilingual parenting journey in San Diego

MAMI talks about bilingual parenting journey in San Diego

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I chat with Dariela Cruz, a Venezuelan mom to two bilingual children, wife, blogger and graphic designer currently residing in San Diego, California. You can learn all about her family adventures including her bilingual journey with her children, her beautiful photography, tidbits of culture and overall inspiration on her blog at MamiTalks.com

Episode #31 Quick Guide

On this episode, Dariela discusses with us:

  • Her multilingual journey and her blog MamiTalks;
  • How languages are managed in her home and their implementation of the One Parent One, Language (OPOL) strategy;
  • How she felt more comfortable communicating in her mother tongue;
  • How the family has managed to keep OPOL even though her husband does not speak Spanish;
  • Why it was important for her that her children speak Spanish in addition to English;
  • The obstacles she faced with her son because she did not have a language plan at first;
  • The challenges she has faced to create enough exposure to Spanish for her children;
  • The philosophy and the dynamic of her son’s current bilingual school;
  • How her son’s reading skills in Spanish have allowed him to also read in English;
  • A funny anecdote she had with her son when he read a sign written in English but translated it into Spanish leading to some confusion;
  • A proud moment she had with her son when he recognized that he is bilingual and can speak two languages;
  • How her son wrote individual notes to each parent in their respective languages through his own initiative;
  • Her excitement about her daughter starting a Spanish immersion school;
  • Her commitment to reading to her children exclusively in Spanish;
  • Her efforts to get together with other Spanish speaking families.

Once we hop on the Autobahn at Bilingual Avenue, Dariela shares –

  • Favorite resources: Books from the library;
  • Best advice received: To speak exclusively in Spanish;
  • What has held her back: Not having family around that can support her children’s Spanish language development;
  • Great family habit: Speaking Spanish exclusively to mom;
  • Favorite Books: Un pez es un Pez;
  • Best Advice to others: To be patient and never give up and not assume that someone else will take care of their language learning.

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