Even if you don’t speak Spanish,
My approach focuses on incorporating Spanish as much as possible in the childrens' every day lives as a form of "Immersion" while living in Calgary, Canada! There are many Spanish Family friendly Events within the Hispanic / Latin community of Calgary throughout the year, as part of the "Spanish Immersion" program, families would be encouraged to look up what would be of interest to their family and attend some of these events throughout the year. This also is an important factor in learning about other cultures without even leaving Calgary!
With 329 million native speakers, Spanish ranks as the world's No. 2 language in terms of how many people speak it as their first language. Spanish is one of the world's most phonetic languages. If you know how a word is spelled, you can almost always know how it is pronounced.
A language is a means of communication, that is the main purpose, to be able to communicate. There is no "failure", just various degrees of success when you can use that language. Do not aim for perfection but do expect to work hard to learn another language. Even a small success like being able to buy lunch in Spanish, with bad grammar and not using precisely the right word, is something worth being proud of. How much you learn depends on you, depends on how much time you put into it. If you want to learn Spanish but do not really want to work at it, it will not work, you have to be committed to learn. Your learning naturally adapts to your priorities.
If you were in a foreign country and did not have an option to use English, what would you do? you would carry a dictionary or translator with you and you would do everything necessary to figure out how to say what you needed to say in that language, eventually you would communicate. You would probably make many mistakes along the way, and that's Ok, it is the only way to get it right. Because we do not live in a Spanish speaking country, the next best thing is to make your own Spanish world.
There is so much Spanish you already know!
How many of the following words are familiar to you?
Comprensible, lingüístico, lucido, sistemático, vivido, aparente, eficiente, pragmático, positivo, concreto, irónico, distinto, congruente, evidente, preciso, básico, presente, autentico, transparente, explicito, elocuente, exacto, coherente.
Almost a third of English words have the same roots as Spanish words. Hay conexiones entre español e ingles (vía latín) en casi todos las frases de español.(There are connections between English and Spanish (via Latin) in almost every phrase of Spanish.)
Most English words that end in ITY end in IDAD in Spanish. For example:universidad - university, hospitalidad - hospitality, responsabilidad - responsibility, oportunidad - opportunity !Qué gran oportunidad!
Most English words that end in IFY end in IFICAR in Spanish. For example: identificar - identify, significar - signify, simplificar - simplify, verificar - verify
¡Es fantástico! Qué gran oportunidad para simplificar las cosas.
Make Spanish a priority in your child's life! Having a good work ethic creates discipline, adapt your child's learning approach to your priorities, be consistent. Take time to reflect and enjoy learning, find a family friendly event in Spanish!
Change as many things as you can in your surroundings ( by applying Spanish to the things you love to do) for example: sing familiar songs, watch sports, computer games, comics, movies (select language to Spanish when available). You could also go to Latin or Mexican restaurants, cultural events, or all of these! Immerse your child as much as you can.
Depending on the age of the child, finding the best learning strategy will be important: Having written lists and repeating the words out loud, apps, flash cards, learning your favorite English song in Spanish, etc. (Read it, write it down, say it out loud, use it in a sentence, have someone quiz you).
Use it! After learning how to say: Buenos dias! buenas tardes, buenas noches (good morning, good afternoon, good night) or hola, ¿cómo estas? muy bien, gracias ¿y tu? (hi, how are you? very well thank you, and you?) using it every day, after a while, you don't really have to think about it anymore!
It is recommended you do at least 30 min of Spanish a day plus reminders of words you want to learn throughout the day. Mimic correct sentences over and over again. Practice with sentences that you can use with your Spanish tutor, with each other, on a trip, with someone you know thats speaks Spanish, etc.
Try to figure it out. When you get stuck, the worst thing, is not knowing what to do. I am there to help you, if we are not in class, write down your questions to ask me later. If you are trying to write or speak, think of a different word you can use to get to the same point, use the dictionary, Google Translate (from 1 to 3 words only, not sentences), etc. Don't over think the rules, learning Spanish has never been easier to learn than today.
Remember it's OK to make mistakes! In fact, you should embrace making mistakes, because this is an essential part of learning any language. You have great power to succeed in your language learning project!
If you have any questions, regarding availability and times for Spanish Tutoring, contact Michelle