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Is your child being raised in a bilingual household? Have you had to face any challenges? What’s working for you? Share your ideas!

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  1. I wish! We have our daughter in Spanish classes now, and she has been in bilingual preschools since she turned two. I am trying to find time to learn Spanish and have Rosetta Stone at home. She is learning a ton from her friends and teachers, so our biggest challenge is encouraging her to speak Spanish when we don’t speak it.

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  2. Get ready to laugh. I am a U.S citizen by naturalization and born in Mexico. My sons do NOT speak Spanish, yet. 🙁 Why? I don’t know. I was doing great years ago when I was often traveling to see my family in Mexico but after I stopped going I guess I also stopped teaching my son. Terrible I know. Not everyone in my family speaks English so they are not very happy with me. It’s just not as easy as they think. My parents left a couple weeks ago and I found myself translating most of the conversations. After this, I promised myself that I will teach them, I HAVE to. It is not fair to my sons or to the rest of my family so I would really like tips/ideas as well. I have started speaking it to my one-month-old and my two older ones stare at me like WHAT? Time to start all over. 🙁

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    1. Don’t beat yourself up– raising kids to speak 2 languages can be hard! It’s never too late to start again. Keep in mind that it will be harder for children to pick up a 2nd language if they don’t hear it on a regular basis. Try to expose your boys to Spanish often (every day, many times a day), and in a variety of settings if possible. For your older boys, try to re-introduce Spanish to them gradually rather than switching to Spanish-only all of a sudden. Teaching basic vocabulary is a good place to start, and reading simple books in Spanish with them is a great way to teach it. When talking to your kids, start throwing in Spanish words paired with English, then you can use just the Spanish word as they get more comfortable with the language. You could also start gently asking them to repeat English words in Spanish to encourage them to use Spanish with you. At the same time, you don’t want to make language an issue (e.g. scolding them for not using Spanish). Have fun with it! It’s also important to try to have them see the need for Spanish (to communicate with family members, for example), and make it a meaningful part of their lives so they’ll be highly motivated to learn it. It might take some extra time and effort, but the end result will be worth it! Buena suerte!

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