Language learning is not just about memorizing vocabulary, mastering new grammar, or perfecting your accent.

It's about learning how to be "at home" in another culture, which means adopting a different mode of being in the world--a different version of your very self.

In our home here in Washington, DC, we live a bilingual life, sliding between English and Spanish (although we try to keep things mostly in Spanish). As my boys grow up, I pray that they will feel "at home" in both languages--not so that they can check a box on college admissions paperwork or gloat over their bilingualism, but so that they can befriend people from many different cultures around the world. It is my hope that their experience of language learning and cultural education will give them a rich understanding of our beautiful, diverse world, and a humble desire to learn from and serve others.

I hope that my writing here at At Home in Spanish will help to you feel a little more "at home" as well. Whether your child is the foreign language student, or you are learning alongside him or her, I hope that we can support your family's journey.