TerraFirma saidDid you speak a combination of English, Spanish and Chinese growing up? Was it all mixed up?
Unfortunate for me, my parents were Depression era babies and when they came to the United States (South Florida), they didn't teach either my brother nor me their native languages. They stated that they didn't want us to grow up with accents. We probably would not have grown up with accents, but they just wanted the best for my brother and me. They just wanted us to fit in.
English was the "lingua franca" in the household. I learned some Spanish in high school and college, and some Mandarin a couple of years ago. I do not consider myself anywhere near fluent in either.
My brother, on the other hand, worked at the Perry-Casteneda Library at the University of Texas. They have one of the largest collections of Latin-American literature in the world. He has a minor in Latin-American Literature and speaks better Spanish than our mother. However, he speaks Spanish with a Mexican accent and dialect.