|By Derrick Fazendin and Jason Barrera|
|Wednesday, 02 May 2012 20:32|
|When Maria Taracena moved 10 years ago from Guatemala City, Guatemala to Tucson she didn’t speak English.
“It took me awhile to become accustomed to the way of living,” Taracena said. “I’d say the biggest transition though was learning English.”
Now, after living completely immersed for 10 years in the United States, Taracena is fluent in English. She also still speaks Spanish daily at home with her family and her Spanish-speaking friends in the Tucson community.
Even though being bilingual has been shown by researchers to have certain benefits for cognitive development, there are currently only three bilingual schools to foster that development in Arizona—according to the Arizona Department of Education website.
Listen to bilingual speakers in the Tucson, Ariz. community talk about the impact of two languages on their lives and professions.
While bilingual children have a more…
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