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On Multicultural Marriages, Burnt Potatoes and Why Life Is Beautiful

by Alice
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By Alice Lapuerta Photo credit: Aaron Alexander There are days when I just feel completely overwhelmed by over-boiling cooking pots, poopy underwear (yeah we are regressing again with potty training), colicky screams, endless piles of dirty laundry and annoying household machines that just keep breaking down in the most inconvenient moment (like our washing machine […]

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Jabberlingual

The Torn Bilingual Soul?

by Alice
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By Alice Lapuerta Let’s talk about “Bilingual Identity.” The split bilingual soul. The fragmented personality, the eternal half, the uprooted Third Culture Kid eternally searching for home. It is interesting that whenever I read something on the “Bilingual identity,” I do so with complete detachment. It takes a while for it to sink in: they […]

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Jabberlingual

The Evil Majority Language

by Alice
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By Alice Lapuerta The majority language = the bad language. This has somehow firmly embedded itself in my mind. It’s the language that you should avoid speaking at all costs. It will, ever so deviously, take over if you don’t watch out. So you better make sure it’s safely caged and stays where it belongs: […]

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Jabberlingual

What to Do About Spanish. Otra vez!

by Alice
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By Alice Lapuerta What to do about that Other Language? The third one. The one that is definitely under-represented in our household, because the native speaker who is supposed to represent it, aka The Hubby, is not always here to speak it, on account of a very demanding full-time job that includes frequent business trips […]

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Jabberlingual

Pass the Bread, Please: Of Bagels, Kipferl, Semmerl, Brötchen and Cachitos

by Alice
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By Alice Lapuerta My kids are watching CBeebies, the children’s program of BBC, which we were not able to receive until now. It is hard to tell who is more excited: my kids or me! My philosophy is that if they must watch TV, it better be in English or Spanish. Modern technology is fantastic, […]

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