Posted by Tati:
When A was 2 years old, I felt like I was wasting my time speaking Spanish 3 days a week. She would take longer to figure out what I was saying and then she would always respond in English. I decided to stick with it and when she was about 3 1/2 it suddenly clicked. She started speaking in full sentences in Spanish. Now, A is 4 and I would say about 75% of the time she talks to me and responds to my questions in Spanish on the days we speak Spanish. Today at lunch, she said, "Quiero mas leche y macaronis y...como se dice beans en espanol?" It made me happy that she even asked me how to say a word using Spanish. She gets excited about speaking Spanish. If I mess up and switch into English on a Spanish day, she will remind me to speak in Spanish. She is at the perfect age and loves it so much. I have to take advantage of this time!
I have read in many books and spoken with so many people who say that their children refuse to speak the second language with them as they get older. Children figure out that the majority language is much more popular. Then, the majority language is also easiest for them to use since they go to school all day long. I am hoping with homeschooling, my children will continue to speak the Spanish language.
How do you get your children to keep speaking in Spanish (or another language)?
Writing Classes on Skype
4 years ago