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Ask an Expert: Is It Too Late for My Daughter to Learn Spanish?

“Is it too late for my 3 (and three months) year old daughter to naturally acquire Spanish? I am the only Spanish speaking parent, and English is spoken in the home. Her exposure to Spanish is limited, and I do what I can, but end up speaking in English to her. I heard some of the theories that I might be approaching the point of no return at around 4 when she will no longer be able to acquire theRead More ...

Ask an Expert: I Want to Make Spanish-Language Class Fun For My Child

This post was originally published on September 22nd. My 5 y/o daughter has been doing great in both languages. Both parents are native Spanish speakers so it hasn’t been ‘so’ hard to keep her Spanish active: we only speak Spanish at home. Last year, in PreK, she had Spanish class once a week and complained of getting bored during that class. Now in Kindergarten, she is dreading going to Spanish class even more. I spoke with the Spanish teacher andRead More ...

Ask an Expert: How Can I Encourage My Child to Speak More Spanish?

“I’m raising my daughter bilingually in Spanish and English. Her father is a native Mexican whose first language is Spanish. I speak to her in English. The problem I’m facing is that her father doesn’t really speak to her in Spanish. Instead, I have a nanny that only speaks Spanish to her. My daughter understands both languages equally, but she will only speak the tiniest bits of Spanish, and even insists on speaking English to her non-English speaking nanny. It’sRead More ...

Ask an Expert: What is the Best Way to Expose Our Daughter to her Minority Languages?

My wife Deni and I are trying to raise our daughter to speak three languages. My wife only speaks in Turkish. I speak in Spanish, and eventually her environment will teach her English. Right now, we have her in daycare on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Obviously, she gets little exposure to Turkish or Spanish on those days. My wife and I have been debating if it makes more sense to have her in day care three days in a row,Read More ...

Ask an Expert: Tips on products to help me raise a bilingual child?

“My husband and I are both first generation US-born Cuban-Americans. We moved away from all of our spanish-speaking family but would like to raise a bilingual child. I’ve been researching how to accomplish this and I’m extremely overwhelmed with the amount of information I’m finding and have no idea where to start. There are so many products out there that claim to help teach a child English and Spanish that I don’t know which one to go with (or whatRead More ...

Ask an Expert: Is it Time to Switch to Another Method?

I am so happy I found this site! I came to the U.S. from Buenos Aires about 30 years ago. My English is way stronger than my Spanish. I have a bright 7 year old son. I’ve spoken to him since infancy in Spanish (OPOL). He used to speak only in Spanish to me, but now speaks and responds in English 90% of the time (this began in Kindergarten). He is really quite bright and just started 3rd grade (heRead More ...

Ask An Expert: Waldorf School or Dual Language Immersion?

“I have a great dilemma. I have the privilege of having a dual immersion Spanish school program and a Waldorf in English school program that are both free of charge, and I would like my daughters (3 1/2 & 1 ) to go to one of these programs but I am having such a hard time on deciding what program would be the best for them in the long run. They are both a lottery and at the end itRead More ...

Ask an Expert: My girl doesn’t say many words in English. Is that normal?

“My baby is 18 months and my husband speaks Spanish with her and I speak English.  However, when I asked her, “Honey, what do you want?” she said: “tita,” which means her bottle. I knew that she understood me because we use the word tita for both languages. She understands Spanish, but she doesn`t say many words in English,  just a few. I want to know if that`s normal? She can`t have a normal conversation but she says more wordsRead More ...

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