It amazes me to see how much of our culture is shifting to being bi-lingual. When I was growing up, nothing was in Spanish…that was a huge problem as I am a first generation American citizen; my parents were finally granted citizenship about four years before I was born. That meant that I was raised in a traditionally Spanish speaking house but everything outside of my house was in English. To be completely honest, that was really hard. It took me a long time to get it and I took a lot of heat for it as a child. As a non-native English speaker, it used to be rough out there.
Now, things are starting to slowly change for the better. The Hispanic population is much larger than it was when I’m growing up and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Spanish as a second language in this country in the future. English and Spanish are both very popular everywhere, and in many places it’s not unusual to have bi-lingual employees that can help both English and Spanish speaking people. Different cultures are more accepted here now, and this is a great thing.
I’m a bit older now, and have a couple of kids and we are trying to teach them the best of both worlds. We are firm believers that kids growing up now should be bi-lingual, but we are having issues accomplishing this. My husband and I try to teach them but the sheltered interactions that occur in our household don’t necessarily leave an impression. Our kids love TV, however, so we are trying to find a way to enjoy Spanish television programming in our household.
In fact, I saw it for the first time last week, there’s even a Satellite package available that combines English and Spanish channels. It’s by Dish Network and it’s titled Dish Latino. I was doing a little research, and I discovered a website with a ton of information about the package. Dishlatino.com has tons of information about Dish Latino, and I’m going to check it out. It looks like Dish Latino has been growing in popularity because it’s reasonably priced and it offers both typical English and Spanish channels. To be completely honest, it seems like it could be a great idea. My Spanish is weaker now than when I was a kid, so I stumble through things but the speakers on the Spanish channels still do it naturally. In fact, I could probably learn something from Dish Latino as well.