So many of my fellow parents tell me, “Sure Beth, it’s easy for you to do this second language stuff because you lived in Chile and Mexico. But for me and my family it’s hard … we keep defaulting to English even when we know we should practice our Spanish.”
I am here to tell you amigos and amigas that you CAN do this, and it can be fun, affordable, and part of your daily routine. Watch this for just one minute then come back:
When those children entered the studio to film this bilingual music video for children only one of the 8 spoke any Spanish whatsoever (and as a child of Latino parents she did so very reluctantly & with no smiles at all).
Honestly – telling you the straight truth here – after only 6 hours in the studio filming this video every one of the kids (except the baby!) left spouting out words in Spanish with pride! Were they fluent? No way! That takes between 5-8 years according to linguistic experts.
My point today is that this second language journey CAN BE FUN, CAN BE AFFORDABLE, and CAN BE ENJOYED DAILY (it should be to make it work). Check out what we do differently to make this work.
Stay tuned this week to get some realistic tips on how, when, and why.
Happy Educating! ¡Sea feliz educando!