New video’s daily

We are publishing new videos daily on our youtube channel. Currently doing a series posting on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on "Spanish word of the day". We strive to bring significance to words learned on a daily basis.

In addition we will be posting every Tuesday and Thursday some of Abuelita's lessons teaching kids to read and write. You can find those here:

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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Children can learn over 350 Spanish vocabulary words in less than a year!

Children can learn over 350 Spanish words with Abuelita?

IMG_20160627_084755592Yes. And really...

What could possibly be better than your child learning 350+ Spanish words in one year!?

I can think of at least one thing.

For your child to finish that year also READING in Spanish.

With Abuelita Spanish children will have a ton of words in their vocabulary pool to work with but more importantly they will be able to expand that vocabulary as they read and comprehend even more.

Will your child be learning 350 Spanish words this year?

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Amazing benefits of reading in Spanish

My children and I are listening to a "learn Spanish through songs" audio in the car as we drive around. It's a review but fun and certainly doesn't hurt!

There was one phrase I wasn't sure I'd ever heard before. Then I automatically tried to think of how it was spelled based on how she said it. After I minute I realized what it actually was, based on the spelling of those sounds, and I adjusted my pronunciation with the new understanding.

I've heard my kids do the same thing in English AND Spanish. The sounds may be a bit off and we need to be more specific.

I love the Abuelita Spanish approach! Reading in the language will help them get it right from the start.

Click here to learn more about the benefits of reading in Spanish.

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Reading is vital to language advancement

There are so many amazing language programs out there, but nothing that reaches and teaches the young reader audience like Abuelita Spanish. This too is the age that it counts the most.

Abuelita will teach students from both native speaking backgrounds and English speaking backgrounds how to read in Spanish. This skill is vital no matter your background, no matter your language. All the language enthusiasts, teachers, and programs agree. READ and you will advance in ways you simply can't get in any other way.

Teach them from the start. Check out what FluentU has to say about it:

"If you want to become fluent in a language, you’re going to have to be able to read it. Whether you’re looking at a restaurant menu, perusing the newspaper, or following directions on a map, reading is fundamental to learning and living in your target tongue.

Depending on the content, reading also provides a chance to get more attuned to the way native speakers talk and write. How often in traditional language learning settings do we recite sentences like, “You and I eat hamburgers on the beach,” and how often do native speakers say such a thing?

Exactly."

Read more about the importance of reading in your chosen language and tips on how to do it, here.

Tried and true: Testament from the pro’s

My husband went to Italy for 2 years and learned Italian. It's been 10 years since then and his opportunities to speak with other Italians has been quite limited. However, ever since his 2 year visit he has read something nearly every day in Italian. As the opportunities arise to speak to native Italians he has found his memory and ability to speak has hardly waned at all. Incredible.

Meanwhile his companions to this trip who also learned the language but have not continued reading it, find they can hardly remember or say much at all. This is a true testament to the power of reading in a second language.

The focus for childhood learning has generally been to speak, dance, and sing. While all these are wonderful lets begin to emphasis reading the same way we do in our native tongue. You'll be grateful you did.

Abuelita Spanish will more than help, and reading could make all the difference.

I can’t express how important reading has been for my development as a language learner. Written language is special because we can work with it in more ways than we can with other forms of language.  It’s also refined.  Writers take the time to select appropriate words to express their thoughts and emotions. Immersing yourself in this refined form of language will refine both your thinking and language skills.

I work as a language coach with over 100 students from all over the world and I’ve worked with hundreds more in the past. After years working with my students I’ve realized that reading is often the missing piece for those struggling to advance, and an essential tool for those who make big progress.- LUCA LAMPARIELLO

Read more of Luca Lampariello's article here

Read in two languages, from the beginning

This is a great article on the importance of reading in the foreign language you are trying to learn. While the article addresses adults learning a second language, imagine if you started reading in both languages together? What if as you got older and you practiced reading, you read bilingually?

"Reading at even a slow pace also exposes us to more sentences per minute than the average movie or TV show. (Just think of all the pauses, transitions, and action scenes where characters are not speaking.) This is exactly the reason why heavy readers of just English tend to speak more articulately than average English speakers, despite theoretically having had the same number of years of exposure to the language. Being exposed to a larger “brain feed” of vocabulary and grammar simply trains you to use your language better in your own speech."

Check it out here.