On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Carla Curiel the founder of Mundo Lanugo. Lanugo is a Miami-based lifestyle and entertainment brand for preschoolers inspiring Latin at heart confidence and cultural pride. Carla shares with us how she has instilled a love for her culture in her daughters from an early age and has tips for parents who are looking to do the same.
Episode #91 Quick Guide
On this episode, Carla discusses with us:
- Her background and how early she started to prepare for her twin daughters;
- How concerned she was about passing on her language and her culture to her kids;
- Her mission in life which is to raise daughters that are proud Americans and Latin at heart;
- How languages are managed in her home and at school;
- Her emphasis on reading authentic Spanish texts to her daughters;
- How much she enjoys sharing traditional riddles with her children;
- That her daughters still prefer to speak Spanish despite their community language being English;
- All about Mundo Lanugo – a children’s lifestyle and entertainment brand of American appeal and Latin feel;
- How Mundo Lanugo characters represent a different facet of Latino culture which allows parents to share their Latin heritage through entertaining stories that build a child’s self-esteem and identity;
- The many resources that parents have at their finger prints for children learning Spanish;
- The Mundo Lanugo app, which is based on fun interactive game and imaginative play while exploring the richness of Latino heritage and their Spanish language;
- Her tips for raising bicultural children including –
- Reading authentic text;
- Celebrate cultural traditions;
- Incorporate riddles and sayings in the target language;
- Teaching cultural games;
- Have fun, living and breathing culture.
Once we hop on the Autobahn at Bilingual Avenue, Carla shares –
- Favorite resource: Traveling to Spanish speaking countries;
- Great family habit: Joking around and having fun in Spanish;
- What has held her back: Best advice received: Pick the language you want to speak to your child and stick to it;
- Favorite books: Ferdinando El Torito
- Best Advice to others: If you are struggling with finding resources for your children in the target language, go make them!
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