I'm going to try and blog more frequently. Probably Wednesdays and Saturdays, may even try out "Spanish Fridays" like Latina-ish
If you do not know about Latina-ish you should check her out. Her blog is so funny and one that I can REALLY RELATE TO! If you are married to un Mexicano, un Colombiano, un Peruano, basically married to a latino...... you need to check out her blog.
Ok, now on with the show.............
I've begged "The Mexican" to ONLY SPEAK TO OUR SON IN SPANISH! I want him to be BILINGUAL! I know he understands most of it, but speaking it is a different story. The Mexican can tell our son to do something in spanish and he does it, but our son REFUSES to speak in Spanish unless we threaten him. Then, he acts like he's forgotten everything he knows.
It makes no sense to me why The Mexican would come home after a day of working with gringos and speak to everyone in English. I speak spanish, we watch Sabado Gigante together as a family, when we are out in public he speaks to me in spanish, you can always hear Cumbia playing in our house and SPANISH is his 1st LANGUAGE!
But, he speaks English at home??????
We've had conversation after conversation on this subject and the outcome is.....Yes! we are only going to speak Spanish around our son, but like always THE MEXICAN breaks the deal! Really, if I can do it, he can do it!!!! Honestly, our son has learned most of his Spanish from ME!
One of my best friends is from Colombia. Our conversations are all mixed up! Spanish here, English there, and some Spanglish thrown in for good measure.
The other day we were in a rush doing a bunch of things and decided we needed to stop at the store. I asked The Mexican, "trajistes plata?" (did you bring money?) The Mexican said, "PLATA? No I didn't bring any silver with me. Why are you talking like una Colombiana? Is our son is going to learn all the Colombian words now?"
"Are you serious?" i asked The Mexican.........
For those non spanish speakers out there, Plata means money.......but it's kinda like a slang word for money.....kinda like "cash".
I proceeded to tell The Mexican that until he comes home and talks to me and our son in Spanish (using Mexican slang) I am going to pick up on the Colombian slang.
So the answer would be yes! Our son is going to know what plata is (dinero-money) what medias are (calcetines-socks) and even the spanglish word I made up "scutate" (scoot over) etc.........
If anyone out there backs me up........ Feel free to comment below on HOW IMPORTANT it is that The Mexican speaks to us in Spanish more than English at home. After all, he has no family here. I can not drop our son off at Abuela's house (grandma's house) for a good dose of authentic Spanish!
Hope everyone had a good weekend!