Anybody here sometimes wish they were raised bilingual?
Living and going to school in SA, I come across a lot of people who were raised speaking both English and Spanish, and sometimes I wish that I could be part of that. But for now, I'm just trying to learn as much as I can at home while being stuck in Spanish 2 at school.
Spanish is a very beautiful language, and, even though I don't have a drop of Hispanic or Latino in my blood, sometimes I find myself fantasizing about being raised knowing English and Spanish.
I'm the same way--I love Spanish, such an incredible language and culture. Unfortunately, I'm quite thoroughly Irish >_<
I know there are others in the same boat as me. My whole family, the generation above me, speaks English and Spanish natively. Because of some particularly stupid misguided advice, by monolinguals nonetheless, they were told that bilingualism is a negative experience, two languages would confuse children, blah blah blah, bad advice, blah blah blah. So nobody in my generation speaks Spanish, only English. I remain the only one in my generation so pissed off about it that I learned Spanish and now speak it fluently. But do I wish I was brought up bilingual? It's hard to say. By that I mean none of the native bilinguals in my family has bothered to learn another language. It's the equivalent of being fat, dumb, and happy. By contrast I speak 3 languages well and fairly good in a fourth. And I haven't even begun to lose steam. Plus my family's Spanish, as it turns out, is actually very bad Spanish. So I am actually happier being angry and working off the frustration in a constructive manner. I guess I do sometimes wish I grew up bilingual... sometimes. ;)
I love Spanish so much! I love languages and learning them in general, but Spanish has a special place in my heart. Luckily, I was raised bilingual (Arabic is my native language) and I noticed that it helped me a lot with picking up other languages (along with the accents). Don't worry about not being bilingual though. The fact that you are fascinated by Spanish and have the desire to learn means that you have the appetite for languages. I'm sure you will acquire it with practice.
If you ever have children, REMEMBER to give them the gift of a second (or third) language while they are growing up. Learning it later is too much like work!
There is no way I am raising a monolingual child, I'm not gonna give them the same frustration I have.
Wow, same. Being born Florida a very diverse state which is saying spanish was needed to understand half of the people and then moving to Oklahoma it a big difference. Yet with myself planning to hopefully move back I still want to learn.(only been on a couple days major improvement)
Im same as well, pure Norwegian and French :( (kids make fun of me at school cause I'm not Spanish)