I speak to my baby in spanish and english do you think they could learn both languages?

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Roxana - posted on 12/30/2009

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Hi i have a 2 years old daugther. I only speak to her in spanish and my husband does it in english she understands and speaks both, but it will be better if you only speak to her/him in spanish.

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Virgen - posted on 01/05/2010

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Yes they can learn both. Keep it up because when your baby starts school it will slowly forget the Spanish. As you know, speaking Spanish is something that will help in the future.

Lisa - posted on 01/03/2010

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yes they can learn both languages because I did the same thing. It's actually best to speak spanish as much as possible to them because they hear so much english that if u don't they will have a much harder time learning spanish as they get older.

Aprile - posted on 12/29/2009

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yes my baby is america/hondurana and her father only speaks limited english so he talks to her is spanish and I in english, she responds to both very well.

Karen - posted on 12/29/2009

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Hola no te conozco, pero si puedo decirte que a tu bebe debes hablarle solo en español el ingles lo aprendera por que estamos en una sociedad americana, asi hago yo con mi hija y ella entiende todo lo que le digo y me responde o en ingles o en español como ella quiera

Luz - posted on 12/27/2009

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of course i did that for my 3 year old and she can speak and understand both very good..it is great for when they start school..

Madalena - posted on 12/27/2009

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Hi - I definitely think they can. Although at first they may be fluent in one vs the other, eventually both languages will sync. I spoke to my older Son (now 8) in both English and my native language (Capeverdean Creole). At first he was fluent in English only. Now, he speaks Creole like a pro! :-) Hope this helps.

Dora - posted on 12/20/2009

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Of course, I believe they will learn as much as you are willing to teach them. Not all parents are willing to teach their children a second language that may very well be in their culture but i truly believe your baby will grow up smarter and will benefit from it in his or her future.

Christina - posted on 12/18/2009

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si por seguro!
i spoke to my son in both idiomas and he learned them both...it really helped when i brought him to visit family in costa rica and he saw whole other countries speak the language not just mama and lito! he did struggle with talking late but it was no chip off my shoulder. now he is one step ahead of the game. he is 6 now. my duaghter is 5 months and i am going to do the same with her...i am curious how the different sexes will handle learning both languages!
hope this helps

WENDY - posted on 12/16/2009

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Tengo tres hijos barones y vivo en Montreal aqui las lenguas oficiales son ingles frances y nosotros que somos latinos siempre he pensado que nuestra idioma es bello y es una lastima que mis hijos no la prendieran y siempre les hable los tres idiomas ahora tienen 15,12,9 y son trilingues
no te preocupes que aprendera

Viridiana - posted on 12/14/2009

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children under 1 can understand any language. Also, they learn most before they're 5 years old. (my mom had Early Childhood Education classes and is a child care provider). Also, there's this little girl that speaks perfect spanish & english and she doesn't even mix them together.

Vanessa - posted on 12/13/2009

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Definitely! Actually, studies have shown that the younger you speek to them in different languages, the better and easier they pick it up. It's never too early to start.

Cindy - posted on 12/07/2009

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yes!!! i speak both to my daughter who is 15 months and she understands them both equally which is great

Karima - posted on 12/07/2009

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yes the teachers at my kids school says if one parent talks in one language and the other in the other laguage they learn better that way my husband doesnt talk to our kids in spanish and it kinda irritates me cuz its his forst language

Paulina - posted on 12/03/2009

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Totally my older son his five know both but ofcourse he speaks more english because of school its great to teach them both languages especially now that their brain is a sponge and they absorb it all in it will help them in the long wrong and its one way to keep their latin background wiht them

Joanne - posted on 12/02/2009

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ABSOLUTELY!!! both my kids speak both spanish and english. especially when we visit my parents house. they never allowed me to speak english once i stepped foot thru the door, so i try to do the same with my kids but it's harder since my husband doesn't speak it.

Andrea - posted on 12/01/2009

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yessss!!!!but you choose how to do it !!like is she is going to day care you know they are going to speak english ,,so when she return from school spanish all day long !!!!

Rosania - posted on 12/01/2009

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Well I read an article in regards to children learning more than 1 language and it stated that anytime before a child is 9 would be the best time to teach them any language. I looked this up because my husband is Laotian and we are teaching our children all 3 languages (Spanish, English and Laotian). My son is 2 and understands all 3 and the amazing part is he knows what language to speak to who. I think its wonderful for a child to know more than 1 language it will definitely benefit them in the future.

Brandy - posted on 12/01/2009

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My daughter will be 3 in January and she understands everything my bf tells her to do in spanish. And there are somethings that she only knows in spanish like *dame* give me. My son on the other hand is 6 and one day when I was talking to him in spanish he looked me in the face and said "mom, who are you talking to?". Though he knows agua and perro and keeps asking because he wants to learn more words. So yes it is possible... though it may delay thier speech just a little. But in the long run it is very worth it, because spanish is used just as much as english in the USA.

Nora - posted on 11/28/2009

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Yes.I talk to my son in both english and spanish,but he pays no attention to me,now when a lady from work and her sister would talk to him in spanish he would listen to them! when my brother tells him something in spanish he kinda looks at him like he's crazy.
He started going to church with a girl i work with and they only speak spanish,and she tells me he really pays attention to them but laughs when something sounds funny.
as long as you just keep it up,it should be good.I didn't learn english till i was 7 or 8.but that was only because my teacher would make me talk to her in english,read,and write.(it was a spanish classroom though lol)and we were only allowed to speak english in the classroom,once we were out though we could speak whatever we wanted.
If you want you should try that dvd you see on sabado gigante lol :)

Shevaughne - posted on 11/28/2009

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I come from a multi lingual family, we all speak English as a main language but then four speak portuguese and the other four speak spanish. It has been a rule for all my nieces and nephews get spoken to in English if living in Latin countries and Portuguese if in English speaking countries. They are all multilingual and have not problems what so ever. We grew up like this ourselvs and its now a firm tradition. We all can communicate easily no matter which language we chose to speak.

Marla - posted on 11/27/2009

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i heard the earlier the better! im not bilingual i only speak english to my son but i do know some spanish and his dad is mexican so i buy alot of leap frog toys because they are bilingual and they also have cds and dvds in spanish and books

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My son speaks spanish and english and a little bit of japanese.
I recommend you speak in English to him all the time until he get it. for a while you can sing songs in spanish read in spanish,let him hear people speaking spanish.music in spanish ,etc etc

Angelique - posted on 11/23/2009

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yea kids can learn both languages u jus have to be consistant. I am a rican and my child is 2yrs and 8 mths old and she knws both languages. She knws all of her body parts in english and in spanish. She also knws a lot of other words for examle besito (kiss), her numbers from one to ten in both languages, her foods, etc.... All u have to do is wat ever u say in english repeat it in spanish they pic them up at the same time. Thats the same way i learned when i was little.

Adriana - posted on 11/23/2009

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mmm at this point i dont know my boy is 3 years y apenas is speaking english and we both speak english and spanish but he is saying some spanish too so you should talk spanish too , alcabo english will lern in school

Jennifer - posted on 11/19/2009

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Well I have bought my son toys that speak spanish and english and his father talks to him in spanish when he sees him and he speaks spanish and english just fine and he's only 1.

Angelica - posted on 11/17/2009

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yes, they can. The best time to teach them is when they are younger. Once they get older it will become more difficult. My children range from the ages of 17,13,10 and all understand Spanish and can speak it pretty well. I always spoke to them in both languages.

Cristy - posted on 11/16/2009

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Creo que muchas de nosotras tenemos claro que debemos practicar el idioma con nuestros hijos desde pequenos. Aprovecha desde que aprendan sus primeras palabras es el mejor momento. Veras que no te arrepentiras, tus hijos hablaran, escribiran y entenderan perfecto espanol. El Ingles siempre sera su primer idioma, pero el Espanol lo conservaran por el resto de sus vidas y traspararan su idioma y su cultura a otras generaciones. Suerte!

Marlene - posted on 11/15/2009

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yes they can my son is learning both he NEEDS to as some of his great aunts/uncles speak spanish only haha

Guadalupe - posted on 11/12/2009

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Of course they can learn both. Actually they can begin to understand more words then what they can begin to speak. Once the baby gets older, you or your husband should choose whom should talk english to the baby and who will talk to her in spanish, as they get older, let english rule at school and spanish be spoken at home.

Priscilla - posted on 11/12/2009

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My son has been spoken to in English and Spanish since he was born. Now at 15 months he understands both. I'll ask him "Como dice el leon?" and he roars and then my husband says "What does the Lion say?" and he roars again. It's so awesome he gets it!!

Yajaira - posted on 11/12/2009

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i recoomend speaking spanish at home and they will catch english at school...but they will learn to master both...don't get discouraged by ppl telling you that they will get confused and take longer to talk...thats nonsense!
good luck!

Roxana - posted on 11/12/2009

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Christy, your baby is able to pick up any language you teach them. There is plenty of research that suggests this statement. You would need to watch your child as he/she develops and ensure no deficits are taking place. Keep up the good work and when they become adults, they will thank you for being persistent in teaching them a variety of languages as it will empower them and make them more valuable.

Roxana Matiella

Ivette - posted on 11/11/2009

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They will learn both languagues only if you can "make" them talk the spanish. I speak both languages to my kids, but they understand it (some what) but do not speak it. My oldest took 4 years of spanish in HS and that helped him alot.

Emily - posted on 11/11/2009

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if your baby is in the age between 1 till 3 its recommended that they should learn the dominating language in the household first, then u can teach them the other language u want because when they r little they can get confused and your child could speak a little later than the age that they r supposed to have learned to speak

Shaila - posted on 11/10/2009

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hey chica...dont worry both of my girls undrstand spanish, english and french! its amazing that they are able to pick up so fast when they are young. so dont worry just continue and they will pick it up with time...

Carol - posted on 11/10/2009

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Most definately speak to your child in both languages. Their sponges and will retain lots more now their young than when they are older. Its such a huge tool for them to have later during school life, makes other languages easy to grasp. Both my children are bi-lingual (Spanish/English), I started off by speaking mainly spanish at home as I figured they would be surrounded by english once they reached nursery, I obviously gave them the foundations they required to start school. My son is now 13 and has also discovered that knowing Spanish has even made studying French tons easier and it also means he can take an exam in Spanish earlier than his other qualifications. It would be good to consider a spanish circle amongst friends to help your children speak and learn the language together! All the best to giving your children a head start...

Amy - posted on 11/09/2009

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I agree w/ Jackie. My parents spoke to us, my sister and myself, in spanish and we learned english in school and now I'm bilingual. I read, speak, and write perfect spanish. It may be better if both parents spoke spanish. In my case though I am married to a non latino and he doesn't speak any spanish nor do my in laws, plus I'm far from home to have contact w/ spanish speaking people. I'm doing the spanish talk by myself @ home and it's hard, lol. When children are young they can be taught several languages, they're like sponges. I wish you luck!!

Jackie - posted on 11/08/2009

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Just one more thing, they really don't take longer to talk my kids spoke pretty early. I think the point is to not talk to your child like a baby. Speak clearly and talk like if you were talking with an older child they learn fast.

Jackie - posted on 11/08/2009

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Yes, they definitely do learn both languages, but i do recommend you speak more if not completely in spanish. I am mother of five and i spoke to my first two (now 21 &20) almost completely in spanish. When they started school they went directly into english class (not bilingual) and have spoken both languages ever since. My last two on the other hand, don't speak spanish. They understand everything, but they answer in english. I think because we speak more english and watch t.v. in english they pick that up more. We are trying to get them to speak more spanish but they are older 5 & 6 now and it's more difficult, that's why i suggest speaking spanish they will definitely pick up english!

Iysha - posted on 11/07/2009

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yup, they can...better than adults actually. I wish I knew enough spanish to teach my daughter properly...she will know a few spanish words =]

Jacquelyn - posted on 11/07/2009

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your baby can learn both languages!! lol... ok so i dont speak hardly any spanish... but i live in Swest Detroit which is usually referred to as "mexicantown" my husband is mex but he doesnt speak spanish either, but alot of my friends are bilingual and its english and spanish or english and arabic which i cannot even begin to comprehend. but their kids speak a lil of both and usually it just takes a lil more time for them to start talking, but like all kids once they start, its on...

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