Today is day one of my language miniseries and this is something I have been really excited to share. I truly had lots of fun writing my experiences growing up learning multiple languages as a Mexican-American girl in the United States. Hope you enjoy!
Looking back at my childhood, there’s one particular memory that stuck out to me. Around the time I started elementary school I remember I had struggled learning English. Thinking back to that time I just smile now. I can still hear my dad patiently telling me to ask him what I needed at that moment in English and myself getting frustrated. I wanted to desperately say it in Spanish and he said no you need to keep practicing your English.
Growing up around that time, my dad was the only bilingual person at home and all the kids in my neighborhood were also first-generation students learning English for the first time. If I step outside the very same neighborhood, the majority of kids entering elementary school now have at least 1 or more older siblings that has taught them English. It’s crazy to think how much has changed since my childhood days.
You may ask yourself why this particular childhood memory? This is a sweet memory of my younger self who despite struggling at that time, I now am fluent in both languages and then some. Yes, there are times today when I forget a word in Spanish. I find myself describing the word or saying it in English until the native Spanish-speaking person who I’m speaking to understands what I’m saying. LOL. I know some of my bilingual friends have been there!
P.S. What are some of your fond memories learning a second language?
I hope everyone is doing well! Today I wanted to explain why I gave my blog a makeover. So you’re probably asking why “Cisne.Rose.”? My last name is Cisneros and pronounced in English as “Sis-nair-rose”. Since I knew the meaning of my first name Patricia meant noble. I often wondered what my last name meant and where it originated from. I did some researching and came across multiple sources saying my last name originated from Spain and meant a place of swans. The word for swans in Spanish is cisne. I immediately felt a beautiful connection to these beautiful creatures. They swim about the water gracefully and when they fall in love they become soulmates for life. I started playing around with the word cisne for my new blog title but wasn’t fully satisfied and felt like something was missing. I wanted to incorporate the ending part “ros” of my last name in some form. Eventually I did a play on words and decided with “rose” like the flower. I thought to myself roses symbolize love and what would make me happier than receiving a bouquet of roses from time to time. I loved the thought of Cisne and Rose so much I went for it. With a little help from a dear blogger friend, I made my own blog logo and tweaked it around several times until I came up with the finished product you now see on my home page. What I want out of this new blog title is to help you move more gracefully throughout life, and for you to love the life you live and rediscover the beauty of it. I hope with this new makeover to encourage you in your daily life. I came across the bible verse “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today”” from Hebrews 3:13. With that said, I hope to encourage you Today regardless of what you may be going through to move gracefully/respond gracefully despite the troubles you are experiencing, and to love the life you live because God entrusted it to you because he knew you can handle what is thrown at you and rediscover the beauty of your life. Your life is precious and I hope you remember that daily.