I hear it often … YOU speak fluent Spanish?!?! You can read that entire article in Spanish?!?! You understood what that man just said on the Spanish news station?!?!?! My answers are consistently, “Sí” to these staring at my blonde hair (okay, okay….L’Oreal now helps me stay blonde!!!), blue eyes, and freckle face!
Boca Beth sports freckles, blonde hair, and blue eyes as she teaches young ones Spanish with her bilingual music CDs, DVDs, and her company’s bilingual coloring/activity book shown below and found at this link on her web site.
So why do I bring this up today? It’s been this way for me since I lived in Chile in 1976 and in Mexico in 1979. This morning we had a wonderful tree service company called M&M Tree Service over to our home to assist us with some really tall trees! The crew (all 4 of them) were Latinos, speaking Spanish the entire time, and when I replied to them in Español I thought the crew leader was going to fall over in disbelief.
By the end of their productive time at our home he was exclaiming to me and anyone who would listen that my Spanish was excellent, my pronunciation perfect, and that I spoke better Spanish than he…now that is a compliment!
One of my amigas over at SpanglishBaby.com told me just the other day that I am a trailblazer, and I believe (again!) that I will accept this as a compliment…that in spite of me being a native English speaking mom and teacher I have embraced my love of Spanish as my second language and have helped other families for more than 12 years bring the two languages of English and Spanish together in their daily routine in a fun and non-threatening way with my music CDs and DVDs.
I hope my 12+ years of service have been not only rewarding for me but enriching for thousands. Now my hope and my prayer is to remain in business as I increase my volunteer work with NOPE Task Force here in Hillsborough County Schools.
Happy Educating! ¡Sea feliz educando!