Tiffany - posted on 10/30/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )
I need some advice on how to go about teaching my 1 year old daughter Spanish. I don't speak/know Spanish, only certain words. I know colors, numbers, hello, goodbye, I love you, etc. My boyfriend is Spanish and he speaks English and Spanish. He only speaks Spanish when talking to his parents or his best friend, other then that he speaks English. The problem I'm having, is I really want my daughter to grow up learning both languages. I think this is such an advantage for her. When she is in high school and needs to take a mandatory language course she can take Italian or French and then she will know 3 languages. I have a bilingual book, we read that a lot. When I say colors to her, I say them in English and Spanish and the same when we count. I also say 'I love you' and sometimes I'll say 'Te Amo' after that, the same with goodbye, hello, grandma, grandpa, etc. to try to teach her to associate the words together. I have told my boyfriend I really would like him to speak to our daughter in Spanish more, and he wants to but he is so accustomed to speaking English that he just doesn't do it. The only time my daughter is spoken to in Spanish is at her grandparents, and even then they mix it up with English and Spanish in every sentence. I don't want to confuse her, and I'm just not sure how to go about teaching her. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.