Many of you already know that my mom is Dutch…well, Canadian really, but also Dutch. My grandparents immigrated to Canada and that is where she was born, but they spoke Dutch in the home and were raised with a Dutch culture. So my grandparents and all my aunts can obliviously speak it fluently. So you would think my siblings and cousins could too…you would think. Oh no…none of us! Not one of my bilingual aunts, or my own mother, taught us how to speak Dutch when we were little! I mean…
They say it’s because they were trying to learn English and their husbands couldn’t speak Dutch, and since they didn’t speak it in the home we didn’t learn! My grandparents, my aunts and my mom did overcome quite a bit growing up, so I guess I can forgive them for not passing on the Dutch language to me. But I wish so badly that I had learned when I was little, then I could understand when they say sarcastic things under their breath to each other and laugh and laugh.
Now that I have kids of my own, and because knowing another language is becoming more and more important, I have been trying to teach them Spanish. Why Spanish and not Dutch…well…I don’t know any Dutch and Spanish seems more prevalent.
I started with teaching them the simple vocabulary that I know. Hola, Blanco, Rojo, ect. But I knew that I was going to need some help. Thankfully I found Happy Language Kids! It’s a book and a website all in one!
We started with Mi Familia. It’s the first book of a bilingual series for children to learn either ENGLISH OR SPANISH. So far so good! I have the kids read the English parts and I read the Spanish, then we review it on the website!
The primary purpose of this book is to teach the family members to very little children OR to teach the second language. This is NOT a book for “pure entertainment” – it is a language learning tool.
The book(s) is/are accompanied by a website, where the entire book is available as a clip with voice over, so the the child can learn how to speak the language. This website also contains games to practice the vocabulary. You can check it out at www.HappyLanguageKids.com
If you are interested in teaching your children Spanish…or English…and you weren’t lucky enough to have a bilingual parent (even if you were but they didn’t teach you their first language :)) Check out Happy Language Kids!
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