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The Sun is a Planet

Alleke has been trying to convince me all week that the sun is a planet.

Where are you from?

“Where are you from?” the kid asked. He had been watching Alleke since she hopped off my lap and announced to everyone in English that she was a flamenco dancer, and then proceeded to prance and twirl up and down the aisle of the train car. The other passengers didn’t seem to mind the impromptu […]

Learn to Count to 10 in Spanish

Alleke’s Online Spanish Course. Live from Madrid… Watch Learn to Count to 10 in Spanish on Vimeo.

Hand Gestures

Two girls sat in the sand. The one was just old enough to be interested in what the other was doing, which was dragging a plastic rake in figure 8′s between them. I watched the girls while Alleke went up and down and around the slide like it was a merry-go-round. I was curious about […]

Hola Cheese!

April’s younger sister Heidi is living with us for the summer, and she decided last week (for no apparent reason) that it would be funny to teach Alleke how to say, “Hello Cheese.” Not only has Alleke learned the phrase, but she’s repeated it so many times it’s beginning to sound normal to me (just […]


One reason I was looking forward to our trip to the US was because I thought Alleke would improve in her ability to speak English. Being around people who only spoke English, I thought she might begin to differentiate between English and Spanish and see that they were not one language, but two. On Saturday […]

¿Cómo te llamas?

I stood at the front door of the shop and looked around. Then I spotted her. Alleke had run off the street into a lingerie shop and was already at the back at the cash register where a woman was bent down next to her. The woman saw me at the front door and smiled. […]

Doggies and Puppies

jedi puppy kitchen tricks, originally uploaded by dro!d. Alleke sat quietly in her high chair reading a board book while April and I finished lunch. At one point Alleke put down the book and looked at us, as if she had been reading the daily newspaper and had lowered it to tell us about what […]

Total Immersion

Putting a baby to sleep is like learning a second language. It’s a lot of hard work, and if you have to do it, you will, but if you don’t, you won’t. When I first moved to Spain, I was surprised to discover how many English speakers had been living in the country, but had […]


We have been looking for someone to take care of Alleke on Monday nights, so we can have a regular date night. We were hoping to find someone who speaks Spanish as their first language to begin speaking regularly to Alleke in Spanish. Meet Adriana, our new babysitter. She’s in her 30′s. She’s from Colombia […]

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