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.
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:
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?
Read more about the importance of reading in your chosen language and tips on how to do it, here.
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
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."
Can't seem to get you, your family, or your class to another continent to fully immerse yourself into a new language? Try the next best thing: consistent Spanish exposure in your own home and/or classroom!
Abuelita provides daily lessons that will teach you, your child, or your student(s) Spanish THROUGH teaching them how to read in Spanish. Not only will they get the daily exposure to the language but they will practice vocabulary, sing songs, draw, and ultimately develop a skill that will inspire and empower them to take their language skills to new heights; reading in Spanish.
As you practice vocabulary and learn with Abuelita, you will have fun and gain confidence to use Spanish in your life. Maybe one day you'll use it on a language immersion vacation!