of Dr. Steven L. Berg

Bilingual Family

Less than two weeks ago, Abuela entered our lives.  She is a teacup Chihuahua and is the twelfth dog whom the Puerto Rican has rescued from a bad situation.  When she arrived in our home, she was scared and would barely open her eyes as she sat in the Puerto Rican’s lap.

One of the issues with Abuela–which means Grandmother–is that she speaks Spanish.  As a result, I have had to learn a few words of Spanish so that I can communicate with her.

Having to speak Spanish in our home as well as English makes me more interested in Puerto Rican culture than I had been before Abuela’s arrival.  It has surprised me what an impact knowing a few words has had on me.

It is bueno [good].



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