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post #1 of 43
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Hola all,
I will love to add a new tribe of Bilinguals or/and Trilingual moms.
I will like to share tips in how to teach your kids 2 or more languages, help each other if we need info in how to pronounce or write words in other language, share favorite websites, review language videos, etc.
My first language is Spanish and I know English too, my husband only speak English but I think he knows more Spanish then what he makes me believe he does.
I want my kids to learn both language and if possible one more, but I am not sure how to add the 3rd., would love to hear your opinions, tips, etc.

Bienvenidas, Welcome all!!!
post #2 of 43
Hello,

I'm an English speaker, fluent in Spanish, and my husband is a native Spanish speaker. We've homeschooled our daughter bilingually since kindergarten- she's now in 5th grade. She wants to add German to her repertoire.
post #3 of 43
Well, I am not bilingual, but my boyfriend's native language is Spanish, so the plan is to teach our daughter Spanish. She is two now, and we just recently started saying things to her in Spanish. I know some of the basics in Spanish and I have also bought some bilingual preschool books and flashcards to start of. At this point, she knows some body parts, articles of clothing, and numbers 1-10. I wanted to do one parent, one language, but my boyfriend isn't putting as much effort into it, as I would like. I keep telling him that he needs to consistently speak in Spanish to her, so that she will have no choice but to try to comunicate with him like that, but he isn't doing it as much as I would like. I have also looked into some language programs that use multimedia to teach young kids. I am thinking about getting either KinderSpeak or Muzzy, so that she can learn from that, and also so I can watch and learn along with her.
post #4 of 43
I am American and DH is French. He only speaks French with the children and I am fluent in French, so speak French with DH and both languages with the kids. They are homeschooled, and although I would say that English is their first language, they learned/are learning to read and write in French. I was worried how I was going to teach them to read in English but the two oldest just figured it out on their own.
We lived in Germany for a while but the kids didn't pick up much German as they weren't in school and we always managed to find French and English speakers. They did understand a bit.
Then we spent just three months in Italy and they picked up a lot of Italian.
I would like them to start on another language. My daughter is really interested in learning Chinese and my ds said the other day that he would like to learn Arabic.

I think it is important to speak all languages consistently. I know my DH was frustrated in the beginning when the kids would only respond in English, but he continued to speak only in French and now the older kids are completely bilingual. My almost 3yo is just now starting to use French but he understands everything when DH speaks to him.
post #5 of 43
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Originally Posted by Renai View Post
Hello,
she's now in 5th grade. She wants to add German to her repertoire.
That is cool, why she decide German? Most girls I know (tween and teens) want to learn French. My cousing (she is 15) she learn English since young and now she is learning French. Her mom only speak Spanish, I give her extra credit for that.
post #6 of 43
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I have also looked into some language programs that use multimedia to teach young kids. I am thinking about getting either KinderSpeak or Muzzy, so that she can learn from that, and also so I can watch and learn along with her.
I am having such a hard time finding any fun videos for my 2 year old (for Spanish) the best I have found is in Youtube but are very few. The other day I got the Dora cd in Barnes & Noble, I didn't put to much attention and I thought it was a DV like the show in TV but with more words, but it was just a CD, my daughter got so bored, which I don't understand because she loves Dora.
Btw, I wish Dora would speak more in Spanish, I have learn more Chines from Ni Hao Kai Lan that my daughter Spanish from Dora.
post #7 of 43
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Originally Posted by Plaid Leopard View Post
I am American and DH is French. He only speaks French with the children and I am fluent in French, so speak French with DH and both languages with the kids. They are homeschooled, and although I would say that English is their first language, they learned/are learning to read and write in French. I was worried how I was going to teach them to read in English but the two oldest just figured it out on their own.
We lived in Germany for a while but the kids didn't pick up much German as they weren't in school and we always managed to find French and English speakers. They did understand a bit.
Then we spent just three months in Italy and they picked up a lot of Italian.
I would like them to start on another language. .
Ok, I have a couple questions
-Did you teach them to speak English but how to read and write in French?
-Do you speak Italian or they got it on their own from other kids?

I was learning some Russian at one point and wanted to teach them what I knew but I had 2 problems with that. One, that I am afraid I will get them confused and 2, that even if I could understand some stuff my accent was awful, so I was afraid to teach them wrong.
post #8 of 43
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I am having such a hard time finding any fun videos for my 2 year old (for Spanish) the best I have found is in Youtube but are very few. The other day I got the Dora cd in Barnes & Noble, I didn't put to much attention and I thought it was a DV like the show in TV but with more words, but it was just a CD, my daughter got so bored, which I don't understand because she loves Dora.
Btw, I wish Dora would speak more in Spanish, I have learn more Chines from Ni Hao Kai Lan that my daughter Spanish from Dora.
I have found some videos on YouTube, as well. But like I had mentioned in my other post, I definitely want to try one of the multimedia learning programs, such as Kinderspeak or Muzzy. These programs start with the basics of the language and then add more concepts, so that kids can build on what they learn. My daughter also watches Dora and Diego. I have had her watch Dora just in Spanish, a couple of times, to see how she would respond to it. There is a "Nick in Espanol" feature that Optimum Cable does so that kids can watch the cartoons in Spanish. I also got a set of flashcards that teaches Spanish vocabulary and also how to say simple sentences using the vocabulary.
post #9 of 43
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Originally Posted by FallenofTrack View Post
I definitely want to try one of the multimedia learning programs, such as Kinderspeak or Muzzy. There is a "Nick in Espanol" feature that Optimum Cable does so that kids can watch the cartoons in Spanish. .
I went to youtube to check for Muzzy, it looked good, but I only could find one in Spanish (they have other in other language)
If you do buy it, please let us know your review.
I am going to check if I have the Nick in Espanol.
Have you check El Perro y el gato (HBO Latino)? My daughter likes them.
I want to put the link for them but don't know how to. I mean, I have see other people that put links but they are like hiding in a word? Do I am making sense, lol.
I should have say that my English is not that good, but I think you notice that already, lol.
post #10 of 43
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Originally Posted by YoviC View Post
I went to youtube to check for Muzzy, it looked good, but I only could find one in Spanish (they have other in other language)
If you do buy it, please let us know your review.
I am going to check if I have the Nick in Espanol.
Have you check El Perro y el gato (HBO Latino)? My daughter likes them.
I want to put the link for them but don't know how to. I mean, I have see other people that put links but they are like hiding in a word? Do I am making sense, lol.
I should have say that my English is not that good, but I think you notice that already, lol.
Hi YoviC, I still need to buy one of the programs. My boyfriend is the one who works so it's up to him when we will be able to buy it. They are a bit expensive and our budget is tight right now, so I might have to wait a few more weeks to get one of the programs. Right now, I am trying to find free programs online, to start with. I just found a program called Visual Link Spanish. It's not a free program, but it does offer some free basic lessons to start with, so that potential buyers can see how the program works. I am going to do the free lessons for now, so that I can learn some more of the basics in Spanish and also teach my daughter what I learn, and then once we can afford to buy a program, I'll make a decision about which one to purchase. But it seems really good. We don't get HBO, so I haven't heard about el perro y el gato, but I'll do a search and see what it's about.

I understand what you mean about the links. It's easy to make a link, you just have to click on the link icon, in the toolbar above the comment box, then paste the url into the box that pops up. This is a link for the Visual Link Spanish http://www.spanishprograms.com/sp/ab...ish_course.htm
post #11 of 43
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This is a link for the Visual Link Spanish http://www.spanishprograms.com/sp/ab...ish_course.htm
It looks good but it does is expensive.
I was thinking another good source is to get DVD from your husband country, that way they also get use to to accents and slang.
That was one of my problems when learning English, even if I could read, people would speak too fast and some would use slang, which you never learn at school, lol.
post #12 of 43
Hey all,

I am an English speaker married to an Italian and we live in France. We speak both languages with each other but only our mother tongues to our kids. Dh is more or less fluent in French. I am working on it and dd1 attends French pre school.

We have books in both our languages and use the library for French books. Any recommendations for Italian kids dvd's? We only find alot of american stuff tranlsated, but wanted something that was actually Italian. We like "i cosi", but can't find them on dvd. Finding english dvds is not a problem.
post #13 of 43
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I think it is important to speak all languages consistently. I know my DH was frustrated in the beginning when the kids would only respond in English, but he continued to speak only in French and now the older kids are completely bilingual. My almost 3yo is just now starting to use French but he understands everything when DH speaks to him.
This is really good to know. Our dd1 often responds in English to dh and we were getting a bit worried. Good to know things can work themselves out.
post #14 of 43
Hi mamas! I'd love to join, though I'm not sure if I qualify. I'm a native english speaker, currently in college, majoring in Spanish. I'd love love love for my little ones to speak spanish, I just wish I could speak more fluently to them. My mother speaks spanish fluently, but it's been a hard time getting her to only talk to my daughter in spanish. DD (3.5) knows her animals, colors, numbers, as well as a few odds and ends (stand up, left, right, clothing articles, etc.) but I'm also very interested in more multimedia that would help out. I also wish Dora spoke more spanish!!
post #15 of 43
Hello
My name is Joanna, both I and DH are Polish and live in US. DS is 3 and right now he speaks mainly our mother tongue, which we speak at home. He is learning some English thru everyday exposure but his vocabulary is very limited. I'm planning on homeschooling him in English so I've decided it's time to work on his second language. I'm very careful with media exposure but I do let him watch 1-2 episodes of Caillou or Backyardigans a day, which I consider his English lesson, we also read lots of books in both language. I've also stared looking for a homescholing group in our area, his English will improve quickly once he starts hanging out with English speaking children on regular basis.
I do have some fears about homeschooling DS in English, I have a pretty strong accent and my grammar will never be perfect but I do believe he will do just fine, I will just have to make sure he gets exposed to "good" English a lot.

Both I and DH speak Italian, we plan on teaching it to DS in the future
post #16 of 43
Hello,
I speak english as my first language and almost fluent in spanish, and my husband is the opposite, with spanish as his first and english as his second. Our dd is 5 and speaks english and understands most spanish and is just starting to speak spanish a little too. I want dh to speak to her only in spanish but mostly he speaks to her in english, although me and dh speak in spanish with each other. I taught her most of what she knows in spanish, #'s, alphabet, animals, body parts, etc. I do worry that I don't speak perfectly in sentences in spanish and I will teach her wrong.. DD just started french immersion kindergarten, and I worry a little that spanish will be forgotten, but I am getting on dh's case to speak only in spanish with her. She has books in english and spanish and I like tout movies on in spanish for her, but sometimes she doesn't like it. But we'll keep trying I guess.
post #17 of 43
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Hello,
I speak english as my first language and almost fluent in spanish, and my husband is the opposite, with spanish as his first and english as his second. Our dd is 5 and speaks english and understands most spanish and is just starting to speak spanish a little too. I want dh to speak to her only in spanish but mostly he speaks to her in english, although me and dh speak in spanish with each other. I taught her most of what she knows in spanish, #'s, alphabet, animals, body parts, etc. I do worry that I don't speak perfectly in sentences in spanish and I will teach her wrong.. DD just started french immersion kindergarten, and I worry a little that spanish will be forgotten, but I am getting on dh's case to speak only in spanish with her. She has books in english and spanish and I like tout movies on in spanish for her, but sometimes she doesn't like it. But we'll keep trying I guess.
This kind of sounds like my story. My first language is also English, but I do know some stuff in Spanish, and that is what I have been teaching my daughter. My boyfriend's first language is Spanish, and at first, I was always nagging him to only talk to our daughter in Spanish, but he isn't putting in the effort to do that. He just goes right back to talking to her in English, and will only talk to her in Spanish if he is in a playful/happy mood. It is important to me that she learns Spanish so I was hoping that he would have taken it more seriously, but I guess it is going to come down to me getting one of those Spanish language programs for her, like i mentioned in previous posts.
post #18 of 43
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This is really good to know. Our dd1 often responds in English to dh and we were getting a bit worried. Good to know things can work themselves out.
You know, I think it depends a lot on the child. I know a family where one (adult) child is quite proficient in their parents' native language and the other (also adult) child barely speaks it at all.

I think it can be problematic if the children hear the nondominant language but always respond in the dominant language. They may never learn to speak the nondominant although their understanding will be very good. I've seen this happen a lot, it really seems to depend on the individual kid and his/her inherent talent for languages.
post #19 of 43
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Ok, I have a couple questions
-Did you teach them to speak English but how to read and write in French?
-Do you speak Italian or they got it on their own from other kids?

I was learning some Russian at one point and wanted to teach them what I knew but I had 2 problems with that. One, that I am afraid I will get them confused and 2, that even if I could understand some stuff my accent was awful, so I was afraid to teach them wrong.

They naturally spoke English first, then started speaking French as they got older. When they were ready to learn to read we just did everything in French instead of English - alphabet, grammar, spelling, etc. I was a bit worried that it would be hard for them to learn to read in English but they just did that on their own - I don't know how!

We lived in Italy for three months. I don't speak Italian but we all kind of learned together while we were there. We had a couple of neighbors who would teach them words and let them watch Italian TV at their house. And the local shopkeepers would speak to them and teach them how to say different things like how to order an ice cream, or ask for the blue pen, or the big stuffed dog or whatever.
post #20 of 43
our daughter (american, living in China) speaks much better Mandarin than we do! we often have to turn to her for translation she's developed a prominent Shanghai accent also, which our neighbors all find inordinately cute. we have a Chinese nanny who does not speak english, so that's an invaluable language-learning resource.

another way of learning is simply through the desire to communicate with other kids - wee ones pick up on words pretty quickly when they have something they want to say! lark seems to have forgotten most of her Hindi, but she picked up playground-speak pretty rapidly when we were there.

we're trying to puzzle out ways to encourage language retention. our home vocabulary uses a few words of nepali and turkish (some which were 'important!' words, others which we used with great frequency). her word for 'hot' is still the Nepali 'taato', here/there are the Turkish 'nerada/burada' and so forth. using these key words in daily life sometimes triggers a spontantous outpouring of words we were sure she'd forgotten. sometimes words that mum and dad have forgotten

this is a less-popular option, but occasional viewing of movies in previously-learned languages seems to greatly encourage retention also. the realtime audio-visual seems to make comprehension almost effortless.
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