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Saying 'I Love You' in Spanglish
As I learned English, my parents and I grew apart
author image As Natalie learns more English, the gap between her and her Spanish-speaking parents widens. She finds ways to both honor them and stay connected to them.

My parents are from Mexico and when I was little, Spanish was the only language we spoke at home. Before bedtime my mom would read me Spanish picture books. In my favorite story, the main character was a cow who loved pears... [more]

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