Today I read a new book called Gracias The Thanksgiving Turkey. I selected this book because it mixes Spanish and English to tell the story of a little boy and his pet turkey, Gracias. The class loved the story and when I finished, I read the Spanish glossary in the back to review all the Spanish words.
Maria, who is bilingual helped me with pronunciation and definitions. I explained to the class after the story that Maria is bilingual, meaning she speaks two languages – English and Spanish.
Without missing a beat, Ernie shouted, “Mr. _______, I speak another language too!”
Now this surprised me. As far as I knew, Ernie did not speak another language.
“Oh, what is it?” I wondered.
“I-talian!” He exclaimed.
“Really? Like what?” I asked.
“Mama Mia!” He smiled in a rather authentic Italian accent.
“It’s a-me, Mario!”
“Mmmm – spaghetti” (I’ve never heard this in a video game, but I’ll give it to him.)
Oh my. Well, I guess Ernie is bilingual too. Awesome.