Learning Spanish will benefit your child in ways you never thought possible. But how do we make sure that students remember and use what they have learned? The answer is the Bellieu Method.
For many parents and families, the idea of your child becoming fluent in another language is an exciting one. Second language acquisition opens so many doors…
As children learn to communicate, knowing how to identify and verbalize thoughts regarding their body becomes more and more important. Your child has learned about their body parts in English, and now it’s time for them to learn that same vocabulary in Spanish! Don’t know where to begin? You’ve come to the right place.
Linguists, educators, and learners all face the same old question; does speaking or mastering grammar matter more when children learn a new language? The divide between conversation and grammar-based language learning has existed for decades, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. In fact, the two concepts can be integrated into the same teaching method to boost engagement and encourage learning that lasts.
This article will walk you through the reasons why isolated grammar instruction doesn’t work, explain what young learners need most, and show you how conversation and grammar can work together to help learners succeed both in and outside of the classroom.
Learning the Spanish names for different kinds of animals will help your child identify wildlife, talk about their pets, and recognize the names of their favorite creatures in stories and movies. To get your child excited about learning new vocabulary, we’ve put together a list of some of the most popular and important animals in the Spanish language, along with tips for helping your child retain what they’ve learned. Go wild and have fun learning names of animals in Spanish!
Watching YouTube is FUN and kids love it! Who wouldn’t? We go to YouTube for a lot of things, and you can even use it to learn a new language! We’ve compiled a list of eight YouTube channels that are sure to help your child learn Spanish and practice it daily, all while having fun.
Food lies at the heart of any Spanish-speaking society. A number of events from birthdays to weddings are centered around food and it’s a fun way to not only learn about a new place but boost your language skills too! To help your child feel comfortable and confident in the kitchen and beyond, we’ve compiled a list of essential Spanish food vocabulary words that will work up an appetite and get your child ordering like a champ.
We share ideas for turning your kids’ next party, play date, sleepover or other get-together into a way to get more Spanish-language conversation practice — while still having an awesome time.
Counting in Spanish is as easy as 1-2-3… or should we say, uno-dos-tres? Read along and check out some of our best tips and tricks to kick counting into gear.
Worried that your child isn’t speaking enough in class? Read this article to learn about Steven Krashen’s theory of language acquisition and the importance of listening.
Enrolling your kids in a bilingual or dual language program is a crucial first step on their journey to fluency. Not all language programs, however, are created equal. Every child learns differently, and every program offers something different to the learners. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed when looking for a bilingual program that suits your child’s needs, (and one that truly gets your kids fluent), but we’re here to help.
Have you ever failed at learning a new language or are you afraid that your child might fail or feel bad about Spanish? You’re not alone. Even when we’ve put the time and effort into learning something new, many of us still fear making a mistake, and feel bad about ourselves when we do. This is a distinctly common experience, but it doesn’t have to be a negative one.
We’re back with Alex’s favorite Spanish phrase to use daily with your bilingual child. Learn how to say “pick up” in Spanish, a phrase all parents can relate to.
Using easy, everyday phrases at home is a great way to help your child learn another language. Today, Micah and Alex discuss how to say “when” in Spanish, definitely a useful word for conversations with your kids!
Micah and Alex are back with another useful Spanish phrase you can use daily with your child – how to ask “Where are you going?” Raising a bilingual child is a process that starts at home, and we’re here to help!
If you’ve chosen a Spanish immersion program for your child, congratulations! You’re on the right track. Whatever your immersion program entails, we can help you learn how to get more out of your child’s Spanish classes.
Today we discuss an important Spanish phrase to teach your bilingual child – how to say “I don’t know.” Teaching your child a second language can be a challenge, but we’re here to help!
One popular concern parents have is that learning another language may make their kids forget English, their first language. Well, we have great news for you, your child won’t forget their first language by learning a second language. Learning Spanish may even help your child to be better at English. As a matter of fact, learning another language has tons of benefits for your child’s brain.
Singing in a second language is a great way for toddlers to learn a new language. Have you ever listened to a cooing baby? It sounds just like singing. Catchy melodies are music to a toddler’s ears and will get and hold their attention quickly. The repetition will also help them to remember the lyrics of the song.
If you’re thinking about having your kid learn Spanish as a second language, you may be wondering how long it will take until your child is fluent. The truth is, it depends on the number of hours and the quality of the time. It’s not an easy answer! We’ll help you figure out just how long it will take to get your child fluent in Spanish based on a few factors.
Helping your child to become bilingual starts at home, and we’re here to help with everyday phrases you can use with your child! Today we’ll discuss the Spanish phrase for “What do you want to drink?”
Helping your child to become bilingual can be challenging! We have two Spanish phrases that you can easily use with your child every day to help. In this video, we introduce “Let’s Eat” and “Pass the (Salt)”.
Congratulations on your decision to raise a bilingual child. It’s totally normal if you’re a little anxious about it especially with all the myths circulating about raising a bilingual child. That is why we’re going to set some of your fears aside and empower you with the confidence to raise your tots to speak multiple languages.
As you may have heard, childhood is the best time to expose your kids to language. As you decide where to send your toddlers to school, the thought of a bilingual preschool may have crossed your mind. There are tons of benefits afforded to those who get a bilingual education but let’s examine what makes a bilingual pre-school education so beneficial.
Micah Bellieu and Alex Gastelum-Sullivan of TruFluency Kids! Spanish Immersion Live Online give you a weekly phrase to use with your child. This week they teach you about Con Permiso and Por Favor.
Are you fighting to pass on the language of your childhood to your own young ones? Do you find the idea of having a bilingual child/ren super cool?! Whatever your reason may be, let’s talk some more about OPOL and its bilingual method—how it works and why it works.
Soapy water, bubbles, splashing, and maybe a rubber toy floating in the tub- all telltale signs that you are heading to the bathroom. For kids, this can be something that they look forward to but maybe dread. However, perhaps that extra dosage of fun can be a little Spanish, while in the bathroom- whether bath time, brushing your teeth, or fixing your hair in the mirror.
One person, one language. Seems simple enough, doesn’t it? Especially when the “people” are parents in a household, trying to raise bilingual children!
Kids tend to be social creatures and the playground is the perfect place for them to meet new friends, all day long. Here are some Spanish words and phrases that can be helpful while having fun on the playground.
Check out our Q & A about being a bilingual parent that wants to give another language to your children. Today’s question is: Can I teach my kid a second language if I don’t speak that 2nd language perfectly?
So, your family is bilingual. Your 5-year-old understands the non-dominant language pretty well… but refuses to speak a word of it… You’ve begged and you’ve pleaded but nothing works. What to do? Well, how about we look at things from their perspective.
There are many ways to supplement the learning of a foreign language for free. While these free Spanish resources for kids won’t make your child fluent, they can help foster a love for the language, provide contact hours with the language as well as learn vocabulary and pronunciation. Be sure to check out these free resources (our favorites!) you can use with your kids.
There are so many benefits to be had from raising bilingual kids. Learning a language can be fun and it’s great to let kids know that. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of activities you can play with your kids to enhance Spanish learning.
If you are interested in raising bilingual kids then it’s time to learn about shadowing. Shadowing a foreign language in its most basic form is simply repeating words and phrases in the language. Shadowing involves playing an audio (or a video with audio) that is continuous and uninterrupted and repeating the words you hear almost simultaneously, word for word.
Is your child is in preschool or about to start and you think it’s a great time for them to pick up a second language? You’re right! Research has shown that the best time to learn a second language is during childhood. You can learn it just as easily when you’re an adult, but it is just a bit easier for children since they have a lot of time on their hands. Preschool Spanish is a great place to start.
With the global pandemic affecting every aspect of our lives, we’re clearly having to adjust. Before the pandemic, most of us would not have thought that learning Spanish, History, Science, Reading, etc…. on a Zoom call at home could be effective, and we’ve learned that oftentimes, it is not.
Many states in the US system have started moving away from bilingual education practices that push English first to instruction that target both native languages and English. These attempts focus more on bilingualism and biliteracy, the understanding and mastering of multiple languages, over assimilation into American culture. The net benefits of this are really uncountable – whether that be the academic, social, emotional, mental, or developmental positives.
Learning a second language or speaking two languages at home has always brought mixed reviews. Parents are often left wondering whether it is good to speak multiple languages with their children. Others listen to advice that says introducing a second language too early will injure the first language. Here, we set the record straight and demystify some myths about bilingual parenting, starting at a young age.
It’s no secret that most children love songs and music. Not only do they enjoy music, but they can also learn a lot from it too. We’ve already suggested using Netflix shows and books to supplement language learning (of course, every language program should include a real live teacher, first!), but seriously consider using songs to help teach your child Spanish. If you desire to have your child learn Spanish as a second language, music is definitely one way you can incorporate the language into your home, even if you aren’t bilingual.
How DO you raise a bilingual child? We’ve got 4 strategies for success. It goes without saying that fluency in a second language is to one’s advantage at any age. Our hint? Start earlier if you can!
Teaching a baby a second language isn’t as hard as it looks. Remember that babies aren’t born knowing any language but they do have the capacity to learn any language.
If you’ve got a child that just loves watching tv, you may be able to incorporate that hobby as a supplement to language learning.
If you’re thinking about introducing your child to a new language like Spanish, adding some bilingual books to your bookshelf will be helpful for language learning.
Learning Spanish can be fun! And you can increase this level of fun by doing it with your family. Not only will you have a great time with your family, but you and your loved ones can learn a vital skill that will last you a lifetime! If you are looking for the best info on learning Spanish as a family – and how to do it effectively – you have come to the right place!
Teaching Spanish to your homeschooled kids? It’s difficult if you don’t know the language! You can hire a personal Spanish teacher (expensive) or use software (boring), but we have the best option of all & it’s all online!
Being Bilingual helps in so many areas of life. There are many reasons to start your kids young learning Spanish!
If you want to spark interest in your child and build confidence in their language learning ability, there is nothing wrong with starting out with certain topics and key phrases. Learning colors in Spanish can be rewarding and easy to teach.
How to teach your kids at some basic Spanish phrases, so that they can greet others, introduce themselves, and ask basic questions – all in Spanish!
Kids learn a second language just like they learn their first! It takes continuous conversation and exposure to the new language.
What’s the best age for a child to learn a second language? Is your child too young? Children have an incredible capacity for learning, here’s our take!
What can you do to ensure your child speaks more than one language, even if you don’t? Take these small steps to raise a bilingual child, even if you are not bilingual yourself.
Use these ten tips for helping your child get fluent in Spanish. Immerse your home in a Spanish environment and practice with your child by working these tips into your daily life!
Sit down with Sarah Padilla to hear about how she came to live in a trilingual household (Korean, English, & Spanish!), and how she envisions raising trilingual children.
Learn about Mexican Culture through easy at home recipes like this Leche Quebrada!
Sit down with Alexandra Gastelum-Sullivan to hear about how she came to live in a bilingual household, and how she has succeeded in raising bilingual children.