Need help teaching my baby Spanish..

Veronica - posted on 08/15/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I am mixed with black and white and my baby is half mexican, her father and I aren't together and has been telling his family lies about me so they won't talk to me at the moment but regardless of that I want my baby to know how to speak spanish because I feel like language is the center of all cultures it is how we communicate so its very important for me to teach her especially since she wont be exposed to alot of the things that goes on in the latin community such as traditions and holiday. Now I will be exposing her to these things because it is a part of her, but the biggest problem I have is the language,, now I have been learning spanish in school since i was in 6th grade all a way up to 10th so I know alot of vocab and more than the basics but my biggest thing is conversation because I only spoke spanish in school and didnt use outside for my own personal reasons, I lost alot.. so pretty much what I need help is advice on how I can teach her without being fluent myself.. any positive feedback will be appreciated.

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Hannah - posted on 08/23/2010

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Hi Veronica, my 3 year old daughter and me are the only Spanish speaking in the family. Here's how we learned:
1. Storytelling in Spanish. There is great books out there, some come with a CD with spoken Spanish.
2. Spanish children songs. They are simple and catchy and easy to remember. You can play them in the car.
3. Role play. Great way to learn new vocabulary. We started with animal names, or shape names. Now she is a toddler and her fantasy knows no boundaries! we have a lot of fun :-)

Good luck!
PS: please dont watch Dora

Bonnie - posted on 08/17/2010

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Hi Veronica,
You could read childrens books to her in Spanish. It will help both of you and bring you closer. Children love being read to by their parent. Your local library should have Spanish books to lend out. Good luck.

Yurena - posted on 08/15/2010

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Hola. I reckon the best way is to get yourself some latino friends. There is nothing like the exposure to learn. Also, if you have regular access to the internet, you can see lots of lessons, news, all sorts, on youtube. Regarding teaching your little one, you need to start with simple things, naming familiar objects, teaching her simple things such as 'que bonito', me gusta/no me gusta', etc, then colours and numbers later on. You will find all this info online and sure you'll be able to get videos on how to pronounce it as well. Each country has a very distinct accent, so if the family is Mexican, then stick to that accent. Definitely get yourself latino friends, perhaps any mother with young children in your neighbourhood? I'm sure that you'll have a lot of support if you ask for help. Hope this helps.

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Lizette Adriana - posted on 08/20/2010

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Watch Dora! There is also cartoons on Saturday morning on the spanish channel! Try those! :)

Marisol - posted on 08/19/2010

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the way i helped my kids with spainsh was. I would say it in english and repeat in spainsh. Then i would say it in spainsh and have them repeat it. Now a days you cold get videos to help you and lots of cartoons are in spainsh, that may help. good luck

Sueren - posted on 08/17/2010

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spk to the baby in spanish at home and all the time, and not for nothing let her w/dora. my husband is learning after 15 yrs to spk. spanish because i spk to the baby and he w/ the show w/her. know she is 3 yrs old and fluent inn both.

Veronica - posted on 08/16/2010

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Thank you guys so much, I appreciate it and ii do have a YT acct but never thought of using it for that guud idea..

Yurena - posted on 08/16/2010

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Definitely, I actually made a little compilation of Disney's classics with Mickey, Donald and the lot for my little ones and they are loving it. This is all from youtube, get yourself and account and create some lists, it's worth it. At the same time, if you find sometime, do some research on bits you could be learning yourself, any time you put into it will pay off. Nursery rhymes work wonders (I like 'Debajo un boton, ton, ton, que encontro Martin, tin, tin...), also tales, keep it short and easy, your kid will soon tell it herself! And you'll learn loads of vocab and grammar without having to put any effort into it.

Serena - posted on 08/16/2010

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Ask everyone you know who speaks spanish to only speak spanish to your baby. You will be surprised how quickly they pick it up. Also sesame street in spanish is a great help for you to learn because they speak slow enough to pick it up and your baby will enjoy the sesame street :)

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