my son makes fun of our language!!!!

Maria - posted on 06/29/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Ok so I went to TX and I was there for almost a month. I have a lot of family there and they kept on telling me to teach my kids Spanish so I did start while I was out there and since I have tried now my son is 4 and my middle child is 2 and she is still not really talking but she is picking up words and in therapy and I'm not having to much trouble teaching her Spanish but my son while I was out there wanted to learn and was repeating some words but now that we are back home and I'm the only one trying to teach him because his father although he speaks Spanish and is Mexican doesn't speaks it well he isn't helping me but since we have been home every time I try to teach him he mocks my words and makes fun of them by saying them wrong and in a weird way and then laughing. like if I say hola he will say holachacha or something like that and his sister hears it and laughs and then she doesn't want to listen to what I am trying to teach her. I don't know what to do I'm trying to teach them spanish so they can know our language and so my family and their dad's family can get off my back but it's hard when my son decides at the age of 4 to be a smart***! any suggestions?

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Isabel - posted on 07/17/2009

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I have post it note with the words written in spanish and english for my daugther to learn. My daughter is half PR and half german and I have explained the importance of knowing both languages. Take a deep breathe and try the post it notes. Maybe that will help.

Eden - posted on 07/08/2009

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Do you have have any Spanish TV channels with cartoons? Does he like any Disney movies? Alot of them have the option to watch in Spanish. Since I live in an area of Georgia where there are not alot of Spanish speaking citizens, I use cartoons, movies and this program in Spanish, http://www.early-advantage.com/, to reinforce what I'm teaching my daughter. She just turn 3 and my whole family has been on my back about teaching her Spanish. She's only been using the language program for about a month, but is doing great! Also, switch to all Spanish in the house if possible. My husband doesn't speak any Spanish, but I speak to her all the time in Spanish, so she has been "forced" to listen/learn in order to communicate with me. Hope this helps.

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Sol - posted on 10/01/2009

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well my kids all speak spanish i just one day decide to speak everyday spanish and they had no choice but to ask me wht i was saying .they r very young and it s very important to speak both languge . tht is the best thing u can ever teach them is spanish they wan go out to a trip and they dnt kno wht they saying to them teach them is not tht ur forcing them but it is really good to teach them and correct him wen he mocks you . i onestly think is a good idea tht u teach them ..can u picture your self in ur country and the talking to u and and they duno wht they say it going to be fustrati

Claudia - posted on 10/01/2009

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Don't make it a learning session. Kids will learn what they see and hear so just make it a point to talk to them in spanish and have them answer you in spanish. They will eventually pick up the words without even knowing it. Make it a game if possible. For example talk to your 2 yr old in spanish as a simon says game. See who can repeat the word only when simon says. If your 4 year old makes fun tell him to wait cuz you're playing with your 2 yr. old. Eventually he will want to participate and might even want to show off that he can do it better. So instead of making it annoying battle to learn they will see it as a challenge of who can learn more. You might even get them to learn for stickers. Whoever can sing a spanish song, or say a sentence first gets the sticker. Try to get your husband involved. Bilingual people get paid better so just remind him that it is in the best interest of your kids. Good luck.

Cindy - posted on 09/05/2009

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if you start to talk to them in spanish all their life you don't have problems about it.

My english is not perfect, I came here when I was almost 20 but my husband is american so I talk to them in both languages and they loves and talk both languages.

If you don't start now they are never going to learn a real, perfect spanish.

good luck!!!

my daughter is almost 5 and she loves to watch CBBIS channel, is just for kids,is so good, channel 848 in Dish ans also 846 V-me but is not just for kids.

Rosa - posted on 09/04/2009

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HABLELE EN ESPANOL SOLAMENTE!!!! Y SI LE RESPONDEN EN INGLES, DIGALES QUE NO LES ENTIENDE. ASI SE VAN A VER OBLIGADOS A HABLAR EL ESPANOL.

Iysha - posted on 09/03/2009

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Just stop teaching them Spanish. It sounds to me like you just started to teach them Spanish because your family and the In-laws will get off your back. I mean, if your kids want to learn Spanish later on in life, teach them. Instead of struggling with them, let them make the choice. If it really bothers you, ask your son, even though he's 4, do you want to learn Spanish? Why or Why not? Four year olds are smart enough to answer those questions and you will get an insight on what he thinks about the situation.

Maria - posted on 07/07/2009

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Quoting JESSICA:

i like the advice tht Mounique gave. My sons is fluent in both languages because for one i have family members that only speak spanish and two he's been going to puerto rico with his grandmother (fatehrs side) since he was 8 months. He is now 11 going on 12 and he is so funny cause when he gets back he speaks it so well that he comes out with words that I be like let me find out you know the proper spanish word for that. I remember at the age of three he came back from puerto rico and we had a ball that did not bounce. He said to me Mami la bola no rebota. I thought it was so cute since we always use our spanglish or other words that are not proper spanish.



see thats the other thing which it's not bad but I can only teach my kids spanglish too. I tryed to help my best friend with her spanish H.W and I couldn't because i can't and don't know the correct ways to speak them. like what you just said I have never used rebota I know I have heard it but I have never used it.

JESSICA - posted on 07/07/2009

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i like the advice tht Mounique gave. My sons is fluent in both languages because for one i have family members that only speak spanish and two he's been going to puerto rico with his grandmother (fatehrs side) since he was 8 months. He is now 11 going on 12 and he is so funny cause when he gets back he speaks it so well that he comes out with words that I be like let me find out you know the proper spanish word for that. I remember at the age of three he came back from puerto rico and we had a ball that did not bounce. He said to me Mami la bola no rebota. I thought it was so cute since we always use our spanglish or other words that are not proper spanish.

Mounique - posted on 06/30/2009

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First is patience. Second do't force them. If they want to learn it they will. Thid and most impotant do it because you want your kids to have a better uderstanding of family history not because your famly is pressuring you. I am Dominican born in the U.S. my twins don't speak Spanish and it is okay with me. If they wnt to learn it they will. Make sure that you don't ry so hard and they end of resenting bth you and our culture.

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