Random Rants

Teaching a Second Language

FacebookTwitterPinterestAmazon Wish ListShare

Living in the United States, we are exposed to a growing diversity of people, cultures and languages. English is still the predominant language for many, however a large majority of Americans speak only spanish, with english as their second language. When my girls were young, I would often tell myself that I needed to teach them Spanish so that in the future they could communicate with classmates, and have the language foundation for future placement in the workplace.

I failed.

Truth be told, I didn’t know where to start. I knew know that to master the language, my girls would first have to master the spanish alphabet and numbers. After this mastery, we could move on to using word association, and so on. However, as a parent who knows zero spanish, I find it hard to implement this practice into everyday life.

I have been told that allowing children to watch videos and shows that introduce Spanish is very helpful, however I am at a loss from there. I have even thought about hiring a spanish tutor. I know that if I have a foundation of Spanish, my girls will pick it up much quicker. Although, the thought of learning a second language at this point seems next to impossible. Where exactly should I squeeze that in? Perhaps in between making PB&J’s, or in between a laundry session? It seems like such a mountain to climb, but I know learning the language now, will help my girls ten fold in the future.

So tell me your ideas! Do you speak a second language? Do your children speak a second language? What tools did you use to teach your children a second language?

Previous Post Next Post

You Might Also Like

2 Comments

  • Reply Monica B. March 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Hey, My hubby and I speak fluent Spanish. We want to teach our little girl to speak it, however, it’s not that easy! I’m home with her all day, but in the hustle and bustle of the day, I never speak to her in Spanish.
    I recently learned that in order to teach a child a different language you need to speak to them for an hour in that language so that when they’re old enough they don’t mix their two languages together.
    I know some private schools actually use Rosetta Stone to teach kids a second language. Since they do pick it up a lot faster than grown ups.
    I hope some of this helps. At least you’re trying!! :D

  • Reply Jessica Nunemaker March 28, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    It’s one of the things I am hoping to work into our homeschool curriculum next year when we begin! It is so important and I wish I knew personally knew Spanish!

    I’m definitely interested in hearing other comments about this one! I’d love to find a great kid-friendly way of teaching Spanish!
    Jessica Nunemaker´s last blog post ..Rainbow Cake

  • Leave a Reply

    CommentLuv badge

    WordPress SEO