Episode 51: A second generation mom’s quest to pass on her heritage language to her children with Betty Galvan

Episode 51 

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Betty Galvan, a former teacher turned stay-at-home-mom, turned blogger and freelance writer raising three bilingual sons. Betty describes some of the challenges she faces as a second generation Mexican American raising bilingual children while also sharing her proud parenting moments.  You can learn more about Betty and her blog at MyFriendBettySays.com

Episode #51 Quick Guide

On this episode, Betty discusses with us:

  • Her life passion for languages;
  • The love her oldest child is already showing for languages;
  • How languages are managed in her home and how she leverages family members to increase the exposure for Spanish;
  • How she transitions between English and Spanish when communicating with her children yet how she challenges herself to use more Spanish at home;
  • Why she values languages and wants to pass on a passion of languages to her boys;
  • How she wants them to identify as Mexican American;
  • The Spanish curriculum that her oldest son is currently exposed to at school;
  • Some of the push back she is getting from her middle son when asking him to use more Spanish;
  • The struggles she faces when incorporating Spanish into her everyday interactions with her children;
  • How she promotes reading at home in Spanish and encourages Spanish books;
  • How she incorporates Spanish TV and music to infuse more Spanish;
  • A funny moment when she is reprimanding her sons in Spanish;
  • A proud parenting moment she had when chatting with her son’s Spanish teacher;
  • Why it is important for her to expose her children to the diversity around her community;

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

  • Favorite resources: MommyMaestra.com and SpanglishBaby.com
  • Best advice received: Encouragement from the bilingual community overall;
  • What has held her back: Being away from other Spanish speaking families and friends;
  • Great family habit: The commitment her entire family expresses when they decide to make it a Spanish day;
  • Favorite Books: Abuela by Arthur Dorros;
  • Best Advice to others: Not to give up!


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