Here is an interesting article about how language skills are really sought after.
I took my eldest daughter to the post office in Kings Beach, CA, a predominantly Hispanic town on the shores of lake Tahoe. I waited in the car, but she came out and signaled for me to come into the post office. Inside with her were two Hispanic women who spoke no English. My daughter points to me and says, “My mother speaks Spanish.” I looked at her in surprise and said, “What!” However, since I was there and they looked scared and lost, I forged ahead and decided to put my Spanish to good use. I asked them what they wanted. They said they wanted to rent a post office box and wanted to know the cost. I understood that part so continued on. I told them how much a box was and asked for how long they needed it. I told them they needed proof of residency and about the deposit, which I pulled out of the air but Gaby (our Spanish teacher) said I had it right! My daughter handed them an application which was in English, of course, but they weren’t concerned about that.
They left the post office with smiles and I looked at my daughter with a frown. She laughed and said, “You did great, Mom. You needed to practice!”.
Mary Lou Joaquith
Our Director will be interviewed on the Mr. Mom talk show on KSCO to discuss the benefits of foreign language learning
Sunday Dec. 29 from 2-3 pm Raymond will join David Marin the host of Mr. Mom Talk show on KSCO to discuss the book “The Bilingual Edge”. The main topic will be on the benefits of second language acquisition and the Aux Trois Pommes, CA method.
For those of you who missed Julie and Stephanie’s play here at the school, here is a link for it: