Why I write in English/French and Spanish
I came to the United States when I was ten years old. I learned English in six months. All of my teachers were amazed. In high school, I studied Spanish and by the time second semester rolled around; I could communicate fairly well and carry on a conversation in Spanish. The positive experiences of learning a third and fourth language infused me with a fervent desire to help others learn a foreign language. I hold a professional teaching license for French and Spanish in grades K-12.
I love writing all of my children’s picture books in English, French, and Spanish because a child’s mind is wired to acquire a language when they are young. Children have very little inhibitions; consequently, they can easily learn a new language. I have been teaching high school French and Spanish for 26 years now.
As our world becomes more global, I see a huge need to help prepare all students for the ever-growing international market. In my opinion, a foreign language should be taught in kindergarten when a child’s mind is best wired for language acquisition and continue until grade 12.
We can afford to pay athletes and Hollywood stars millions of dollars; however, we can’t figure out a way to offer a foreign language to all students starting with kindergarten. I want to help make it easier for children to be exposed to different cultures and languages, and this is the number-one reason I write all of my children’s picture books in English, French, and Spanish.
I love this quote: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi
In celebration of children’s book-week, I encourage you to pick up a copy of my trilingual books and perhaps you can impart a little foreign in your child’s language.
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