Guatemala

Just say sí: A family spends a month in Guatemala trying to learn the language — but did it work?

Just say sí: A family spends a month in Guatemala trying to learn the language — but did it work?

In the shade of my thatch cabana classroom, I beamed as my children, ages 6 and 9, serenaded me.

Reid, my younger son, shook the maracas, his older brother, Liam, beat a colorfully painted drum made from an old paint can, and their Spanish teacher strummed a ukulele.

Of course, I recognized the song — it was “La Cucaracha” — and I laughed as they sang a verse about a lady cockroach and her scarf.

The truth was I didn’t understand all of the Spanish my children had learned after just three weeks of language lessons.

In the distance, Lake Atitlán sparkled, and directly behind the kids, the garden at the language school...

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