I Love You Mucho: How Bilingual Humor Makes You Smarter

I Love You Mucho: How Bilingual Humor Makes You Smarter

Can bilingual humor really make you smarter? Consider the evidence. Numerous studies have shown that being bilingual can increase brain capacity, plus ward off dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. According to Ellen Bialystok, a psychologist at York University in Toronto, “Being bilingual has certain cognitive benefits and boosts the performance of the brain, especially one of [...]

Your Child is a Spanish Language Failure: Is it Your Fault?

Your Child is a Spanish Language Failure: Is it Your Fault?

Thanks to some hints you have detected, your child does not seem to be too fond of Spanish. The inkling you have on this is based on reality: your child tends to use English more than Spanish. He does not say so in so many words, but you gather that Spanish is not his cup [...]

Is Your Child Embarrassed by Your Accent?

Is Your Child Embarrassed by Your Accent?

Is your child embarrassed by your Spanish, Cuban, Mexican or Puerto Rican accent? Young people do not want to be different. Youngsters wish to belong, especially to the country and to the culture they were born into or have adopted. They are true conformists and their parents and grandparents who do not have fluency and [...]

Downloadable ‘Dear Reyes’ Letter #BilingualPlus

Downloadable ‘Dear Reyes’ Letter #BilingualPlus

For many Latino families, Día de los Reyes inspires just as big a celebration in the home as Christmas. The excitement begins the night of January 5, when children set out their shoes for the Magi to fill with presents. Or they prepare boxes of grass as a gift for the Magi’s camels in the [...]

Is It Rude to Speak Spanish in Front of Non-Spanish Speakers? #BilingualPlus

Is It Rude to Speak Spanish in Front of Non-Spanish Speakers? #BilingualPlus

Speaking Spanish in front of non-Spanish speakers is rude … unless you are speaking it to your kids because you want them to learn two languages fluently. This statement may not be well-received by monolinguals. But really, when it comes to choosing between someone feeling offended because I told my kid in Spanish to please [...]

Learn Spanish on Vacation at 5 Fun Destinations #BilingualPlus

Learn Spanish on Vacation at 5 Fun Destinations #BilingualPlus

So you want to learn Spanish or you’re already bilingual, but want to brush up on your Spanish language skills. What better way to learn Spanish than on vacation? For singles, couples or families, the Spanish-speaking world offers plenty to great vacation destinations where you can learn Spanish while having a blast—sounds like a winning [...]

5 Myths About Bilingual Kids #BilingualPlus

5 Myths About Bilingual Kids #BilingualPlus

For all the advantages they have, bilingual kids—or their parents, perhaps—must contend with a lot of myths about their ability to speak two or more languages. Those of you who have read some of my writings—and I thank you—know that I am sold on language-learning and bilingualism, and that I never tire of expounding their [...]

#BilingualPlus Downloadable Spanish Worksheet #4 For Kids

#BilingualPlus Downloadable Spanish Worksheet #4 For Kids

Mamiverse’s Bilingual Plus is an online channel devoted to bringing parents and educators the bilingual learning tools they need in the form of digital picture books, sing-alongs, and free curriculum-based family activities. This is number four in a series of worksheets designed for parents and educators to help their children who can read and write English learn [...]

#BilingualPlus Downloadable Spanish Worksheet #3 For Kids

#BilingualPlus Downloadable Spanish Worksheet #3 For Kids

Mamiverse’s Bilingual Plus is an online channel devoted to bringing parents and educators the bilingual learning tools they need in the form of digital picture books, sing-alongs, and free curriculum-based family activities. This is number three in a series of worksheets designed for parents and educators to help their children who can read and write English learn [...]

#BilingualPlus Downloadable Spanish Worksheet #2 For Kids

#BilingualPlus Downloadable Spanish Worksheet #2 For Kids

Mamiverse’s Bilingual Plus is an online channel devoted to bringing parents and educators the bilingual learning tools they need in the form of digital picture books, sing-alongs, and free curriculum-based family activities. This is number two in a series of worksheets designed for parents and educators to help their children who can read and write English learn [...]