Are you afraid your child will learn English and forget Spanish?

It's happening often.

Kids are forgetting and sometimes even rejecting the language of their parents and their grandparents in exchange for English alone.

English speakers like me try to encourage my children to learn Spanish, as the need is ever present and increasing, though I am stuck with the handicap of not being a native or fluent speaker. Yet bilingual parents are finding that their children are choosing to be monolingual.

Why?

Perhaps one reason is the fact that English is spoken, written and taught readily in academic environments while Spanish is not.

What if we could change that?

What if a generation of children were taught to speak and READ in English AND Spanish?

What if a generation of children began reading Spanish books then moved on to writing books in Spanish?

What if school of thought moved once again to being multi-lingual rather than mono-lingual?

Kids might think more highly of the native language of their parents, grandparents, and ancestors. Kids might develop capacities that were known to their multilingual predecessors.

Kids might flourish in mind and learning again.

They might even pass that language on to their kids.

I hope so.

Find out more about teaching kids to read Spanish here.

 

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