Teaching my baby Spanish
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Natalie - posted on 02/05/2009
First of all, good for you and your baby. I am a Spanish professor and I just finished reading some data regarding how to introduce a second language. Well, the human brain is incredible and specially when is very "new" like your 4month old. Just keep speaking to him in Spanish. The brain willl make sense of it later on :) Good day!
Monica - posted on 02/03/2009
I spend a LOT of time reading bilingual or Spanish only books to my kids ages 2 and 4. Even if they don't understand all of it, at least their ears are picking up the nuances and my daughter has almost perfect pronunciation. I'm pretty picky and I also try to choose books that may be in English, but with Latino/culture themes. And books that include fingerplays in Spanish are also really helpful.
The LatinBabyBookClub.blogspot.com reviews books for children and they also have monthly giveaways if you are looking for some good resources.
Also, Baby Abuelita has several nice dolls that sing traditional Spanish folksongs/lullabies when you squeeze their hand, and my kids like their new DVD.
Andrea - posted on 02/03/2009
I also only speak Spanish to my boys. They are 4 and 2 years old. My husband only speaks English and they both translate. It's amazing how fast they learn. I have only spoken Spanish to them since they were born. My husband only speaks English to them. I think that if you are consistent they shouldn't have a problem getting the two languages confused. I am also a Spanish teacher and have done some research because I was concerned about confusion between the two languages. Basically what I found was that you either start from birth or you wait until the first language is established and introduce the second language at about age 5. Best of luck to you!!
Yadira - posted on 02/03/2009
I have two children: 6 y/o boy and 2 y/o girl and their dad is African American and speaks no spanish. Since day one, I only speak Spanish to them. THey are fluent in Spanish and English and even now, my daughter can translate (being only 2). If you want them to learn, the best way is to just speak Spanish to him and not English. He will eventually pick it up. If you speak both English and SPanish, he might get confused as to what language to respond back to you when he starts talking. Just speak Spanish to him and watch him learn it. Both of my kids understood English from the beginning because of their dad, so dont worry about having him not understand it. Just be consistent with him and you'll have no worries!
Rosalinda - posted on 02/03/2009
Good for you for starting early. They say the earlier you try to teach a child a language the better off he or she is. I have three daughters, ages 2 to 6, and I'm doing my best to teach them Spanish at home. In an effort to network with other parents and provide them with some tips on teaching their kids Spanish I I started a blog last year. Please check it out. It's
If you haven't already tried it check out the Semillitas de Aprendizaje section of the Reading is Fundamental web site. It has a section for babies and preschoolers and includes songs, games and stories. The girls and I love it. Here's the link:
I wish you well. Please check out my blog.
Susana - posted on 02/05/2009
Wow! I was impressed by all the helpful information.
It is sometimes difficult, I am living in Italy, at home my husband and I speak english and spanish to our two year old. Sometimes I realize I speak more english to him then spanish since I am still trying to entirely master italian, I try not to mix it with my spanish. My son seems to have mastered italian, I have to continue working on the spanish. I want him to grow up speaking all three languages.
Tamara, it great question! Now I have also found some fun resources to help with continuing the spanish.
I am of Colombian descent and also fluent in spanish. I think its great you realize the importance of teaching your baby spanish. I have a 10 yr old and a 14 month old. I didn't speak to my 10 yr old in spanish and now regret it. I have spoken to the baby in spanish from day 1. I only buy books in spanish and read to him about twice a day. I bought flash cards and taped them all over my house. I am constantly pointing to the pictures and telling him what they are. When we are out, I show him "el carro rojo", "el arbol", etc... I don't believe in TV before the age of 2. I always have spanish children songs playing in the background. Hope these ideas are helpful.
I think songs are the best way to go as well, but just try to talk to him in spanish daily, I know the little one is just 4 months old (but they always understand the mothers language) if it helps try and talk to him in spanish when you are doing something for him, like when you change the diaper or feed him the bottle :) Your little one is such a cutie =).
Carla - posted on 02/03/2009
Jessica is right - songs are the best way to learn. Now with the internet you can probably download children songs in Spanish and make CDs for when you and baby to listen to while driving perhaps. Also, a lot of the children's movies have options to be viewed in different languages other than English so maybe after Spanish, you guys can watch it in French!!!! Your baby's brain is a sponge and will absorb a ton of knowledge fast so just keep at it....
Jessica - posted on 02/03/2009
I am not fluent in Spanish but surely wish I was. I don't want to deny the language from my son. So, I hunt for bilingual books and I try and cover the basics with him. There is a little song, Head Shoulders Knees and Toes, heard of it? Well, I may not be fluent but I know Cabeza Hombro Rodillas Dedos!
I agree with Carla too. Repitition will work wonders!
Carla - posted on 02/02/2009
I have a 4-year old who is of mixed race and heritage. I am peruvian, born and raised and of course bilingual and can appreciate the benefits of being fluent in both languages... From day one I have only spoken to my daughter in Spanish. With school she was immersed in the english language and sure enough she mostly speaks English but understands 80-90 percent of what I say in Spanish. On many occassions i say things twice in both English and Spanish so she can pick up on it. Watching age-appropriate cartoons/tv in Spanish has also helped a lot. Throughout the day, without being too demanding I ask her to repeat a request, question or whatever in Spanish. I have noticed if I do this every time she speaks she just get frustrated and then there's just no time for learning. Hope this helps and good luck!
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