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En Miami, A Decir 'Hola' Or To Say 'Hello' | Cristina Costantini | Posted 11.30.2011 | Miami

The choice of whether to address a stranger in English or Spanish is often a split-second decision -- one which has provoked much conversation in the ...

To Speak Or Not To Speak.. Spanish

Posted 12.26.2011 | Latino Voices

Does speaking English and Spanish fluently make you less American? Is bilingualism a hindrance to the American dream? As the nation’s Latino pop...

5 Facts About Bilingualism

Delia Lloyd | Posted 12.13.2011 | Education
Delia Lloyd

Students who learn a foreign language out-score their non-foreign language learning peers in the verbal and -- surprisingly, perhaps -- math sections of standardized tests.

Bilingual Voting Ballots Ordered In 25 States

AP | HOPE YEN | Posted 12.12.2011 | Latino Voices

WASHINGTON — In the run-up to the 2012 elections, the federal government is ordering that 248 counties and other political jurisdictions provide...

Vistas: Bilingually Speaking About Latino Culture

Posted 12.06.2011 | Latino Voices

There are some who argue as to the fundamental need for speaking Spanish in order to maintain a strong connection to the shared, root elements of Lati...

The Power of Spanglish to Make us Laugh

Mariela Dabbah | Posted 12.09.2011 | Latino Voices
Mariela Dabbah

Regardless of where you stand on the Spanglish debate, for those of us who live in both languages there comes a time when you will inevitably put your foot in your mouth. The truth is that if you only speak one language you save yourself all of this trouble. But then again, you don't get all the benefits of being multilingual and multicultural.

Clearing Up Common Myths About What It Means to Be Bilingual

Nataly Kelly | Posted 11.29.2011 | Education
Nataly Kelly

"One can become bilingual at any time during one's life -- as a child, as an adolescent, or as an adult. There is no upper age limit for acquiring a new language and then continuing one's life with two or more languages."

A Test Young Students Are 'Almost Guaranteed' To Fail

Posted 11.19.2011 | Education

Most four- and five-year-olds who take an English proficiency exam before kindergarten are bound to fail the test, according to a new study. Taking...

Bilingual Youth: Language Demands of a Globalized Future

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana | Posted 10.17.2011 | Education
Marjorie Faulstich Orellana

Who is more limited -- those who are growing up with two languages, both in formation, or those who only have access to one code? Many English Learners serve as "language brokers" for their families -- as well as for their teachers.

Open Letter to American Girl

John Riofrio | Posted 10.16.2011 | Women
John Riofrio

We received our first issue of American Girl magazine earlier this summer and, to be frank, I'm concerned.

What the !#$@%*?: Will the Rise of Spanish Redefine Indecency?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 08.26.2011 | Media
Daniel Cubias

It stands to reason that as America grows more multilingual, we'll hear more Spanish on the airwaves. And some of that Spanish will be of the naughty variety.

How Do You Say... Travesty?

Pamela Kripke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Pamela Kripke

In elementary school, I'd split the day in half. Intensive English-only Language Arts in the morning, math in the afternoon, through fifth grade.