Learning Spanish from a child

Girona Spain

There’s something rather special about sharing a new language with your child. We’ve just discovered that our toddler will be learning Spanish in her reception class from September this year. I’m over the moon, as it means we’ll be able to learn together—she at school and I with the Rosetta Stone TOTALe online course.

During our Spanish holiday a couple of weeks ago, I surprised myself by having the confidence to try some words and phrases—confidence that I’m sure came from knowing that, thanks to the pronunciation checker in TOTALe, I was saying things just right. At almost four years old, our daughter Curly Girl has no such qualms. She was more than happy to throw Spanish words and phrases out at anyone who passed by. Ahh, the self-assurance of children!

A case in point: one day we went to the lovely town of Roses on the northeastern coast near Girona, and I ordered us a lovely and typical meal of tuna and tomato salad—so simple yet so delicious—followed by seafood paella. All in Spanish? Well, almost all. I make no bones about the fact that I made liberal use of asking how to say something in Spanish: “¿Cómo se dice ‘xxx’ en español?” The owner was more than happy to help out, errr … in her absolutely flawless English, of course (*blush*).

When Curly Girl was handed her lunch, she happily and automatically said, “¡Gracias!”—getting a big beam from the waiter. And when she’d finished and pushed the plate towards him and he thanked her, she replied, “¡De nada!” I thought he was going to burst with excitement. She was MUCH fussed over.

I’ve decided there’s a lesson to be learned from my daughter’s complete self-confidence in speaking another language: JUST TRY IT! So right now I’m off to do my next lesson—and book in for a speaking session with my TOTALe Studio Coach who’s a native Spanish speaker. After all, what’s the worst that can happen?

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Michelle Reeves is a forty-something, stay-at-home Mum of two. In 2008 she and her husband left behind everything they knew and loved in the UK and packed up their life into a few boxes for a three-year adventure in China. They arrived back in the summer of 2011 with a beautiful toddling daughter, and now the adventure continues with their miracle baby boy, born in November 2012. Michelle blogs her random musings on life and all things family at Bod for tea. She's a self-confessed control freak, and alongside writing endless lists, you'll probably find her muttering about life with two kids under five, trying to get fit, cooking a bit, reviewing stuff and generally spouting forth. She adores Spanish and has been trying to learn to speak it since University.

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