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59 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Harmonious Bilingualism: A Chat with Dr. Annick De Houwer
Why do some children who grow up hearing two languages only use one? Our guest, Dr. Annick De Houwer, has been researching this question for years. De Houwer is a professor of language acquisition and multilingualism at the University of Erfurt in Germany and the founder of the Harmonious Bilingualism Network (HaBilNet). We spoke to her about her work, bilingual language development, and what she calls harmonious bilingualism. © Nadia Frantsen, University of Oslo De Houwer has conducted extensive research in the field of bilingual acquisition and language development. Her 1990 book “The acquisition of two languages from birth” is considered pioneering work in bilingual acquisition. In addition to her linguistic research, she also examines the socio-emotional aspects of early bilingualism. De Houwer introduced the concept of harmonious bilingual development in 2006. Additional Resources Harmonious Bilingualism Network (HaBilNet)Learning how to read and write in two languages, Janice Nakamura, HaBilNet.orgHarmonious Bilingualism: Well-being for families in bilingual settings, Annick De Houwer, July 2019 Why do so many children who hear two languages speak just a single language?, Annick De Houwer, 2020
27 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Cuéntamelo: Maleta Books
Alicia Sevillano Barja Welcome to the first episode of Cuéntamelo: Your Bilingual Story, a series by Entre Dos in which we speak to parents, small business owners, authors, and others about their bilingual life. These episodes may be shorter than our regular episodes and a bit more personal. Today’s inaugural episode is different than what you’re accustomed to because it’s entirely in Spanish. Our first guest is Alicia Sevillano Barja, founder of Maleta Books, a bookshop in Ontario, Canada specialized in Spanish language books. We spoke with Alicia about her bilingual family, the origins of Maleta Books, and her current top three favorite children’s books.
36 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
In our first episode of 2021, we had a conversation with author Sabreet Kang Rajeev about her book, Generation Zero: Reclaiming My Parents’ American Dream, which tackles her family’s immigration story in America. Identity and place can sometimes be abstract notions. They define who we are while also remaining elusive. In the process of integrating two or more cultures we are coming to terms with the things we’re ok with, the things we’re not ok with, and the things that are inevitable. In Generation Zero, Sabreet takes us through her struggles while also keeping her own parent’s experience in perspective. It’s a fascinating dance that many of us can relate to. Sabreet is a first-generation Indian American of Sikh descent. She’s a full-time social-science researcher and holds an MA in sociology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and BA in sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is currently completing her doctorate at the University of Baltimore. To continue the conversation, join us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @entredospodcast.
37 minutes | Aug 6, 2020
Parenting with an accent: A conversation with writer Masha Rumer
Raising children with two languages and cultures may sometimes feel like a constant negotiation between the two. In this episode, writer Masha Rumer talked to her about her experience raising English-Russian bilingual children in the U.S. Masha Rumer Masha lives in the Bay Area, where she writes about parenting and the immigrant experience. She is currently writing a book called Parenting with an Accent, which will be published by Beacon Press in 2021. Mentioned in this episode My Kids Can’t Sing Along to Sesame Street, But They Know Our Family’s Culture by Masha Rumer, Parents Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability by Adam Beck Bilingual: Life and Reality by Francois Grosjean
42 minutes | Aug 3, 2020
Dual Language Programs in the Pandemic: The story of Naperville 203.
In the past few weeks, the topic of the 2020-21 school year has reached a fever pitch, with good reason. As we pay close attention to the discussions surrounding PPE, social distancing, hybrid and virtual models, one thing that seems to be missing from most discussions is efforts to ensure continuity in the many dual-language programs across the nation. This is why we spoke with Rosa Campos, one of the organizers of Save Dual Language in Naperville, IL. The campaign is advocating for the dual language program to meet the language and cultural needs of its dual-language students, whether it be from a distance or in person. A few days after we recorded our interview with Rosa, she sent us an update. The Naperville school district will offer specialized programs, like dual language, for all students. Congratulations to the organizers and most of all to the Naperville student body! The Save Dual Language in Naperville campaign website will remain live to serve as a resource for other school communities that are experiencing changes in their dual-language program. You can also follow them on Twitter here.
30 minutes | May 29, 2020
Advocating for Bilingualism: A Call to Action
Advocating for our children is an inherent part of parenting. We do it every single day in both big and small ways. We know bilingualism is good and we want it for our children. So how can we advocate to make languages more accessible in our communities? In this episode, we begin exploring how you can go from knowing to doing with our guest, Amanda Seewald, the president-elect of the Joint National Committee for Languages. Think of it as a call to action. Amanda Seewald Amanda is the owner of Maracas Language Programs, has raised a bilingual daughter and son, and is an experienced language teacher. She spends much of her time advocating for language programs and policy. Mentioned in this Episode JNCL NewsBrief – Sign up for alerts, calls to action, and news about language education, advocacy, and policy.Parents for Language Facebook GroupAmerica’s Languages: Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century, American Academy of Arts & Sciences Commission on Language Learning, Feb 2017Making Languages Our Business: Addressing Foreign Language Demand Among U.S. Employers
25 minutes | May 14, 2020
We Live Languages: A talk with Madalena Xanthopoulou
If you listen to this podcast, you probably have a language vision or goal for your family. Our guest, Madalena Xanthopoulou, founded We Live Languages to help multilingual families reach those goals by translating research into actionable steps. Madalena is trilingual and raising trilingual kids. She shared some very useful ideas for families to increase exposure and form communities of support through which they can foster language. Madalena Xanthopoulou of We Live Languages The We Live Languages website has tons of resources for multilingual families; you can take a quiz to determine the language profile of your home and read stories of families that are similar to yours. The company is also launching a free email series on May 20 to help parents raising multilingual children. Sign up here and make sure you follow them on social media @welivelanguages Mentioned in this Episode Grassroots Community Digital Kit – free download by We Live Languages
27 minutes | Apr 21, 2020
Veoleo: Bringing kids programming to a screen near you
Sisters Janike and Alexis Ruginis started their own small book press when they realized there was a lack of Spanish-language books for young children in the U.S. Veoleo published its first book, ¿Dónde está el coquí? in 2018 and it’s currently working on two new books aimed at bilingual little ones. Alexis & Janike Ruginis In this episode, we talked to Alexis about their business and their current efforts to bring enjoyable activities to kids and families who are staying home due to COVID-19. If you’re not familiar with Veoleo, check them out on Instagram @veoleo.co or sign up for their newsletter to learn about their upcoming virtual events and activities.
24 minutes | Apr 6, 2020
Language learning, family-style
Moving to another country where you don’t know the language can be challenging. Today’s guest, Elizabeth Quintal, did just that. Two-and-a-half years ago, she moved from Houston, Texas to Madrid, Spain with her husband and son, Grayson. We spoke to her about the transition and how they’re managing the strict lockdown due to COVID-19. Elizabeth and her family in Paris. You can find Elizabeth in several places on Instagram. She’s worth a follow for her poetry writing (@elizabethmquintal) and her family adventures and tips on advocacy and raising kind, empathetic kids (@cheekydays). She and her husband, Aaron, run a visual creative agency called The New Antiquarians. Elizabeth’s poetry will also be featured in Alegria Magazine’s upcoming The Latinx Poetry Project, an anthology of poems by Latinx authors. The book is now available for pre-order through this link.
32 minutes | Mar 23, 2020
Moco y Baba: A grassroots language community
Having a community of support is such an essential part of raising bilingual children. Depending on the area you live in, finding that community can be hard – but it is possible to create your own. Johanna Arteaga, founder of Moco y Baba, and her daughter, Miranda. Johanna Arteaga is the founder of Moco y Baba, a community of Spanish-speaking families in London. She also recently launched Cuéntamelo Books, an online bookstore that carries a curated selection of books from Latin America. Johanna talked to us about how she started Moco y Baba and gave us some tips and advice about how to start a language community in your area. We talked to Johanna before COVID-19 completely changed the way we interact with each other and, although the group had to forgo in-person meetings temporarily, the community remains steadfast.
16 minutes | Feb 5, 2020
Effects of Bilingualism on English Reading Ability
Dr. Jackie Relyea In this episode, we spoke to Dr. Jackie Relyea, assistant professor of Literacy Education at North Carolina State University. Her research looked at English reading growth in Spanish-speaking bilinguals. Additional Reading Reading in any Language Improves Reading Levels in English, Language Magazine, Sep. 27, 2019 English Reading Growth in Spanish‐Speaking Bilingual Students: Moderating Effect of English Proficiency on Cross‐Linguistic Influence, Child Development, July 16, 2019
9 minutes | Dec 19, 2019
Your Holiday Traditions
We’re in the midst of the holiday season and with that, all of the traditions that make them special. In this episode, we wanted to showcase traditions from our listeners, specifically the ones that help keep the heritage language and culture alive. This will be our final episode of 2019. In the meantime, find us in our Facebook group and on Instagram. We’re excited to return next year. Thank you for your support!
29 minutes | Nov 20, 2019
“Story & Pictures By” – A Chat with Joanna Rudnick
In this episode, we talk to Joanna Rudnick, an Emmy nominated director and producer who is currently working on a documentary exploring the power and reach of children’s picture books: “Story & Pictures By.” Joanna Rudnick, Director & Producer of “Story & Pictures By” The film follows three contemporary children’s book authors/illustrators – Mac Barnett, Christian Robinson and Yuyi Morales – as they craft new books and interact with kids across the country. It’s no secret that we are big believers in the power of children’s books, not only to help kids develop language, but as vehicles to shape their world, unleash their imagination, and foster literacy. So when we learned about the film, we wanted to learn more. If you love this idea as much as we do, consider supporting the film’s Kickstarter campaign. There are only three days left (until Nov. 22) for them to reach their goal of $40,000 so they can continue production. Mentioned in this Episode Yuyi Morales and her book “Dreamers“Mac BarnettChristian Robinson
40 minutes | Nov 13, 2019
In one of our earliest episodes, Spanish is like a warm croqueta, we spoke about what we had done in our homes up to that point to foster our daughter’s burgeoning Spanish. Recently, we listened to it again and it struck us how different things feel now, so we decide to record an update on where we think we are on this bilingual path. This is the kind of episode we wish we could record with all of you in the room! In lieu of this, please join our Facebook Group to share your own descarga with us. In this episode we talk about: Read to Kids in Spanish; it’ll help their English On Heritage, Language and Identity When Your Kid Doesn’t Get Into the Dual Language Program When Your Kid Doesn’t Get Into the Dual Language Program | Two Months In
23 minutes | Sep 24, 2019
Habláme Bebé: A Chat with Dr. Melissa Baralt
We know that giving bilingual children exposure in the minority language is crucial for their language development, but for some parents speaking their heritage language to their children in an English-dominant society is challenging. In this episode, we speak to Dr. Melissa Baralt, an associate professor of applied psycholinguistics at Florida International University, and the creator of Háblame Bebé, an app aimed at helping Hispanic families foster language development in their children. Dr. Melissa Baralt Through the app and her research work, Dr. Baralt has focused on empowering parents to pass on their heritage language to their children and to develop a positive socio-linguistic identity. Mentioned in this Episode Háblame Bebé Bridging the Word Gap Challenge, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)Language Nutrition, Talk With Me Baby Join the Entre Dos Facebook community to share your experiences, questions, and discoveries with us and other parents raising bilingual kids.
25 minutes | Aug 22, 2019
What Kind of Spanish Do You Speak? The U.S. as a Spanish-Speaking Country
Have you ever thought of the U.S. as a Spanish-speaking country? Our guest, Emily Hunsberger, a bilingual communications professional, mom of bilingual kids, and host of Tertulia Podcast, does. In today’s episode, she spoke to us about embracing and changing the perception of Spanish spoken in the U.S. – the Spanish that our children are growing up with. Emily Hunsberger Our conversation with Emily is a follow-up to our previous episode What Kind of Spanish Do You Speak? Language and Social Perceptions with guest Salvatore Callesano. We also spoke to Emily – en español – for her podcast. Make sure you listen to the episode, Los Guardianes Invisibles del Idioma, over at Tertulia Podcast. Mentioned in this episode ¿Dónde estamos parados? – Tertulia Podcast – Emily’s interview with Leticia Molinero.Estadounidismo Join the Entre Dos Facebook community to share your experiences, questions, and discoveries with us and other parents raising bilingual kids.
23 minutes | Aug 7, 2019
What Kind of Spanish Do You Speak? Language and Social Perceptions
Our perceptions about what kind of bilingual we want our kids to be are rooted in what we feel is acceptable Spanish. But where do these ideas of what is “correct” or “incorrect” come from? In this episode, we speak to Salvatore Callesano, a sociolinguistic researcher and instructor at The University of Texas at Austin, about the relationship between linguistics and social perceptions and the effect these can have on bilingual children and youth in the US. Salvatore Callesano Mentioned in this episode The social meaning of Spanish in Miami: Dialect perceptions and implications for socioeconomic class, income, and employment by Philip M. Carter and Salvatore Callesano, Latino Studies, April 2018Latinx perceptions of Spanish in Miami: Dialect variation, personality attributes and language use by Salvatore Callesano and Philip M. Carter, Language and Communication, July 2019Real Academia Española (RAE) “English with an Accent” by Rosina Lippi-GreenIndexicalityMatched guise testAcademia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española“Hablando bien se entiende la gente” “Hablando bien se entiende la gente 2” Additional reading Op-Ed: There is Nothing Wrong with Julián Castro’s Spanish, New York Times, July 27, 2019 Join the Entre Dos Facebook community to share your experiences, questions, and discoveries with us and other parents raising bilingual kids.
23 minutes | Jul 25, 2019
The Bilingual Advantage: A Research Update
Is being bilingual/multilingual an advantage for cognitive development? The answer is not straightforward. You’ve likely heard about the bilingual advantage, this idea that people who have two or more languages develop cognitive advantages, particularly within the realm of executive function which is responsible for things like attention and task-switching. Research to date has yielded conflicting findings and, according to some researchers, the debate over whether there’s a bilingual advantage or not has reached a stalemate. Dr. Anthony Dick In this episode, we talked to Dr. Anthony Dick, an associate professor of developmental science and cognitive neuroscience at Florida International University. He published a study that found no evidence of advantages in executive function in 9- and 10-year-old bilingual children. We discuss the nuances that exist between cognitive processes and language experience, and how that has an impact on research findings. Dr. Dick also walks us through his study and talks about the state of the research into the cognitive advantages of bilingualism. Additional reading Research rules out mental flexibility, attention as advantages for some bilingual children, FIU News, May 20, 2019The Bilingual Advantage: Three Years Later, Psychology Today, June 11, 2019The Advantages of Bilingualism Debate, Annual Review of Linguistics, January 2019 Join the Entre Dos Facebook community to share your experiences, questions, and discoveries with us and other parents raising bilingual kids.
16 minutes | Jul 3, 2019
A Conversation with Parenting Expert Maritere Bellas
As mothers of relatively young children, a lot of the conversations we have are about what will become of our bilingual, bicultural children’s future. For this episode, we called on Maritere Bellas, an award-winning author and parenting expert, who raised bilingual and bicultural children in Los Angeles, to share with us her wisdom and experience. Maritere R. Bellas Maritere has written extensively about parenting for newspapers and online outlets, and is the author of the books “Raising Bilingual Children: A Practical Guide,” “Arroz con Pollo and Apple Pie,” and “Luisito’s Island.” After we recorded this episode, she also launched a multicultural parenting podcast in Spanish called Mamás 411. Additional resources Growing Up Between Two Cultures – Interview with Paula’s cousin, Juliana, on Entre Dos PodcastMaritere Bellas on Instagram (@latinaboomermom)
19 minutes | May 14, 2019
What We Love: Tres Cuentos Podcast
In this episode of What We Love/Lo Que Más Nos Gusta, we talk to Carolina Quiroga-Stultz about her podcast: Tres Cuentos. In Tres Cuentos, which means three stories, Carolina tells stories, myths and legends from Latin America in Spanish and English. Carolina Quiroga-Stultz, creator of Tres Cuentos Podcast. While most of the stories on Tres Cuentos are geared toward older children and adults, Carolina recently launched a summer series with stories geared toward younger children called Niñez Heroica/Children Heroes. Each episode includes a story followed by a few interesting facts about something related to the story. In this episode … The audio clip you heard at the beginning of this episode comes from the Tres Cuentos episode “Mitos de Creación: Cuando los ancestros bajaron del cielo“. You can listen to the same story in English here. Carolina launched her children’s summer series after we spoke. Below are the two episodes she has published so far: Meset, Guerra / Meset, WarLa Pelota Encantada / The Magic Ball To find out when new episodes are published, follow Tres Cuentos on Facebook.
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