¡Hola! Spanish is my mother tongue!
More and more children all over the world are growing up speaking two or more languages. Being bilingual has incredible advantages for children, and speaking a language like Spanish gives you a head start when learning other similar languages like Italian or Portuguese. You can use Spanish in 20 different countries too!
Spanish is a language spoken as a native language by more than 480 million people. There are also more than 90 million non-native speakers, making Spanish one of the most widely spoken languages in the world.
In this fun podcast, we produced with RTE’ Junior you can hear Sofia, a bilingual child growing up in Ireland, talk about her favourite hobbies and you will hear her sing and play Spanish language games!
If you are a Spanish speaker living abroad and want your child to learn Spanish, here are some tips:
– start as early as possible: speak Spanish to your baby from birth, or as early as possible
– make it part of your routines: use Spanish regularly in your routines, from preparing breakfast, to walking to the park, to bed-time routines
– make a plan: plan games and activities to do together in Spanish, and check out our post for ideas and resources
– identify resources: find books, games and other resources that can help you along the way. (See below)
– find someone to help you: it is important for children to see that there are other families who speak Italian in their environment. Find a Spanish parent and toddler group in your area or arrange meetings with other families who speak Spanish. For older children, try to find a language class so your child can experience the language and the culture also outside the home.
– Praise your child’s success: when your child says a new word, when they talk to you in Spanish, or when they learn to read, don’t focus on the errors but praise their efforts and show them how much you enjoy speaking Spanish to them.
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