Is it bad to start a 2 year old with a few spanish words even though their english isn't completely there yet?

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Lisa - posted on 11/12/2008

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I think it is wonderful for children to learn two languages... it is so good for their verbal skills and brain development! Also I am not sure if anyone is interested in a spanish immersion preschool there is one opening in Burnsville, MN as soon as we get the numbers. All the teachers are native speakers state certified in teaching! Rayito De Sol, they have two other locations 1 in plymouth and one at the Bascilica in MPLS. Please let them know that you were refered by Lisa Schultz on Facebook if you decide to look into it!

Patricia - posted on 11/05/2008

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Not at all! They say it's never too early.... and don't worry about how many words your baby is acquiring in either language. They say that sometimes a child learning two languages will be a bit slower to start talking in either, but ultimately what they get from it is SO GOOD! (Take it from someone who was raised fully bilingual, English-Spanish, by two bilingual parents). We're trying to do the same w/our 15-month-old. Even though my husband doesn't speak Spanish, he's learning too, ha! My baby and my hubby both now know what "agua' (water) means. :-) Also, I highly recommend a book called The Bilingual Edge: Why, When, and How to Teach Your Child a Second Language (published in 2007), by Kendall King and Alison Mackey, Georgetown Univ. linguistics professors. It's good, simple, highly informative reading that addresses myths, common questions, etc. Buena suerte!!!! (Good luck!)

Kate - posted on 11/05/2008

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NEVER too early to start. My little guy just said agua for the first time a few weeks ago and we were tickled!!

Jessica - posted on 11/05/2008

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Hello Emily. I just had to respond to this because my first daughter had the hardest time saying the word yes. I taught her the Spanish word si because she could say that a lot easier and it made so much easier for us to communicate. I am not fluent in Spanish, but my husband is. I think it is great that you are teaching some Spanish to your child before English. Children are like sponges and if you teach them early it is far better on them. I say you go girl!!! Keep up the good work!

Heather - posted on 11/04/2008

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Teaching Spanish or any other language is never a bad thing at any age! :) Go for it. At the school I teach at we usually start children with spanish around 3. So your child would have a head start.

Sandy - posted on 11/03/2008

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As long as the child knows enough English to get into Kindergarten and beyond, teach as many languages as you know. I speak in English and what I know in Japanese, Spanish and French to Mandy. My mother speaks Vietnamese to her as well. Hopefully, Mandy is somewhat multi-lingual later on in life. Keep it up and good luck!

Ashley - posted on 11/01/2008

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Not at all - my husband speaks Russian and I speak English (well, he speaks English toom otherwise we'd never talk). He is speaking only Russian to our son and he knows what both of us say - he has chosen to say some words in English and some in Russian right now - and not neccessarily the easiest one either. They say that the best time to teach another language is before the age of 5 so I'd say go all out if you can!

I also have friends who's kids are bilingual (several different languages) and while they may speak a little later, they start speaking in full phrases as opposed to word by word - they also know who speaks which language, and speak it accordingly (they only speak English to me and ask their parents to translate when they don't know how to say something - these are 1-3 years olds.)

Carrie - posted on 11/01/2008

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Teach them both languages! It would be so beneficial to them. I've heard recent reports that say it delays their speech, but honestly, that does not stop me from teaching my kids what few Spanish words I know.

Marlo - posted on 10/31/2008

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My kids (23 months and 7 months) are being brought up with both languages and they seem to be doing fine. Granted there are some words that my son (23 mth) will use in only English or Spanish but for the most part he understands both languages.

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