Iris - posted on 04/20/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )
I'm bi-ligual. My dad was in the Air Force in Puerto Rico so I went to a DoD (Department of Defense) school. At Ramey (the school) they taught us English and Spanish. My parents and family members all speak both so it wasn't hard for me to pick it up as a child and learn both English and Spanish.
Being a military brat we didn't get to STAY in Puerto Rico. Right now I live in Southeast Georgia where I met my husband. I love him to death and he has invited my culture into his life the way I would want my husband to. He may not be able to pick it up as fast as our daughter but he is trying to learn Spanish. He'll even wear my Puerto Rico t-shirts and get all excited when people think he's Puerto Rican. He's mixed with a lot of things but he has Cherokee in him so he can pass for Puerto Rican. We've actually had people think that we're brother and sister!
I have been trying to teach my daughter both languges so she can gain all the advantages every parent wants their child to have being bi-lingual. My husband can't really speak it to her because he doesn't know much. We've been together 4 years but I speak English so well that he doesn't really have to speak Spanish to me for us to communicate. Don't get me wrong, he'll throw a word or two in that he knows in his sentences but he's not able to string together sentences in Spanish completely aside from the things he wants to really be able to say to me that he basically has memorized like, "Te amo mucho" or "Tu eres mi corazon y mi mundo". Most of my family is either in Puerto Rico or in Florida so being in Georgia doesn't really put my daughter consistently around other Spanish speakers. The only things I have other than me speaking Spanish to her are toys of hers that I can switch the language from English to Spanish and DVDs that I can play in Spanish. My daughter isn't really talking much but she can say more words in English than she can in Spanish. Sometimes I feel like I'm failing her and wonder if I'm just not doing enough. What else can I do to help my baby girl pick up Spanish better?