In the first few months of struggling with my Spanish at work, I imagined my Abuela Evelina waving her thick index finger at me from Beyond. She’s the reason I am bilingual. She forced us to speak Spanish en su casa. And only Spanish. Speak English? Outside you go. ¡Pa’ fuera! She literally kicked us out of the house if we spoke English.

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4 replies
  1. Karen Costoso-Fernandez
    Karen Costoso-Fernandez says:

    Ahh…such ¡dulces sueños! Yes, I believe dreams are messages…and your abuelita wants you to get your Spanish groove back. I wish my mother or grandmother forced me to speak the language growing up. I’m what one would call a stifled-Spanish suburbanite of the 60’s (see blog post: “Stifled once…¡pero no más!”), a product of my parents’ fear of marginalization. Although Latin food and music have always been a part of my life, Spanish was not spoken in the home. But I have to admit, I, too, have a Spanish reflex: cursing as well..jajaja. I essentially learned the language in school; and as an adult, I have embraced the language and continue to strive to one day be proficient. I recall dreaming once in Spanish…when I was in Spain taking a summer course. Solamente una vez…and was told, “you’re on your way to being proficient.” Needless to say, much time has passed since that sweet dream…but I’m also hanging on to the hope that I will dream again en español…and who knows, maybe my dream will also become un realidad.

  2. Monica
    Monica says:

    Yes! This is my reality. Spanish was my first language, pero now, after 16 year of all English schools and 6 years of living in a small town of only English speakers, I forget SO MUCH when I am trying to speak it. I still understand it perfectly, but am a rusty speaker.
    It’s true what they say, “Use it or lose it.”

  3. Mirtha
    Mirtha says:

    I only dream in Spanish.. I don’t know why. But, have you dream in color?… I have.. that’s a dream you never forget. Mama would be very, very proud of you. I am sure that she is there next to you, telling you’ oye, acuerdate que Maria tiene que hablar Espanol:”
    un beso mi sobrina..

  4. Alfonsina
    Alfonsina says:

    Its funny what happens to us, I too have issues when confronted to someone that only speaks Spanish, oh God I can’t do my Spanglish thing! Know every word my spelling is very good, but when speaking my words don’t come as fast as a Dominican is expected to talk. One thing my job involves lots if counting , something that I do mentally and I can only do that in Spanish!…..weird.


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