How do I teach my 2 year old Spanish by Google search – Is this right?
Dear reader I was surprised today 5th October 2020, so I took this screen
shot so you can see the date. I´ve got two bilingual children. Now are a bit
grown up in High School. This of course does not mean I am an expert with
subject. However I will never recommend to any mum “go slow, as your
toddler will be learning English at the same time as Spanish, be careful to
avoid confusion” IS THIS A JOKE!!!
Sure, toddlers are toddlers, as much Spanish you can teach before they start the nursery the better would be. Don’t worry if there is any confusion, I can tell you that soon will be gone. If there is any! I am a bit confused about “the confusion” here. Of course at some point your child will use the wrong word! and … don´t make the mistake of recriminate that, let them express. My children never had any problem talking with my Spanish parents and sometimes they used to say English words to them. Is this a problem? UNder my point of view the problem is to recriminate and to try to correct all the time. This my advice is opt to you!
It is a huge sacrifice for one of the parents. If you want your child become bilingual, you will need to talk to them in Spanish and do as much as you can in Spanish all the time. (remember as much as you can now remember as soon starts the school the balance will go to 20% (Spanish) to 80%(English). Then you finish work, you are tired and you don´t realised the week is gone. Find the time and be tired.
Forget about confusion, confused it was the person that wrote that. I never had any complain by any teacher telling us that our children were talking in Spanish. A bit quiet is normal as well, a normal child sometimes is already quiet, so a bilingual child tend to be a bit quieter.
I will actually give you the opposite advice “try to teach Spanish, speak
Spanish” as much as you can. If you haven´t got the baby yet, you can start
already to talk to them in Spanish, play them songs, socialise with Spanish
people, go to Spain or South America if you can, all these kind of things will
help a lot during the first few years. Remember as soon as you child goes to
the nursery your work will increase. You must spend as much time as you can with your child and keep alive the Spanish or any other foreign language you want to teach. You must be very consistent. Socialise your child with Spanish people will be important too. Find out if there are some other bilingual children, Skype, Zoom your Spanish friends, family, etc.
We used to do a dictionary and it was a bit of a competition in between my
wife (English) and myself (Spanish). Booth of the children acquired more
English words than Spanish. This makes sense we are in UK and the surrounding language and the sound is most of the times English.
In my times it was not as easy to get cartoons, songs and good books. Now
there are a lot of films that you can easily download, the same with the songs and a lot of on-line and I prefer normal books so I used to read the story to them at night time in Spanish, perhaps confusing as we used to do it in English too and a lot of times it was the same story even if I had to translated into Spanish myself.
Games as much as you can, this is one of the best ways for them to learn as well however don´t get frustrated because they can get bored very quickly when are toddlers. Always they like to explore and find new things.
It was a confusion when one of them used to ask for “Teepou” I am afraid doesn´t mean anything in Spanish or in English. We found out that meant
Talking about “confusion” I never played with my toddlers “Simon
dice” 2 to 3 years old “Simon dice” no te hará ni caso! If you sing “Cabeza, hombros, piernas, pies” Head, shoulders, knees, and toes and do the actions will be much better.
Please Google update that page otherwise parents are going to be confused. Parents remember it won´t be easy and you must be consistent with the “second language” and make strong foundations at the early ages.
All the best
Dad of two 14 and 17 both are bilingual.
Some more advice I wrote a while ago.