I recently drove down to Atlanta, GA from N.C. where I’m currently vacationing, and had the privilege of being interviewed by the wonderful and gracious (not to mention beautiful) Xanthe Tilden of CNN En Español about the diabetes storyline which ran in Baldo last week. We’re proud to have partnered up with the National Alliance for Hispanic Health on getting the facts straight and the message out.
The interview was set up by the dynamic duo of PR and TV production, Carmen and Charlie Cruz of Effective Media Group. They even put us up for a night, took us to dinner and showed us around the Atlanta area. Xanthe even gave us a personal tour of the CNN studios. Thanks guys! ; )
We had a great time despite that fact I was all nerves (my Spanish isn’t at all the great). It made me realize just how far my Spanish had slipped and that I really needed to make a conscious effort to improve it beyond just casual conversation. I know I’m not the only one struggling with this issue. There are many second and third generation Hispanics who have a very weak handle on their mother tongue, if they still speak it at all.
Needless to say I’m watching more Spanish TV and making a conscious effort to speak only Spanish while at home. Besides, it’s better for my kids as well. I grew up learning two languages at once and never gave it much thought. I need to more consistent in enforcing the Spanish only at home rule with my own kids.
How about you? Have you or your children lost connection with your native language? If so, are you okay with that, or are you doing something about it. Let us know.