My child wants to learn Spanish for his friend.

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  1. ecteach

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    My son has a friend who just came from Mexico in September. He speaks broken English. My son has been telling me about him all year and how much fun they have together at school. The teacher was telling me that they were the best of friends too at parent teacher conference night. Son has been a little concerned that they don't always understand each other and I have been saying that he will learn more English as the year goes on, and it will be easier to communicate. Last night, my child comes to me and asks if he can learn Spanish. I quote, "I don't think it's fair that I ask HIM to learn English, when I can just as easily try to learn Spanish." I don't think I have ever been more proud of him.

    P.S. He's 8.

    Please no hateful comments. Don't burst my bubble, please.
     
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  3. Ted

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    Not sure why there would be hateful comments...but then again, I've been wrong on this forum before. :)

    You should be VERY proud of your son. What a mature outlook he has. :)

    I'm not sure if you have an iPad, but I recently have stumbled upon a free app called DuoLingo. It's a very fun way for maybe your boy to learn some Spanish (conversational and otherwise) so he can try out with his best bud. :)
     
  4. Caesar753

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    As Ted mentioned, there are a million apps for kids who want to learn a second language. These aren't the kinds of things that will make your kid fluent, but they are a good first step and will definitely help build a language bridge between two friends who speak different languages.
     
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    czacza Multitudinous

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    Ec, give that boy a BIG hug! He has the makings of a diplomat.:love:
     
  7. yellowdaisies

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    Oh my gosh, this melts my heart.

    When I was in middle school and high school, I had a neighbor who was a few years younger than I am who had recently moved from Serbia. She spoke very little English when she entered school. She developed a few close friends, and while they had trouble understanding each other at first (she came to the US in 2nd grade), they continued being close friends for years, and she eventually became very fluent in English. It was such a heartwarming thing to watch - the girls who helped her adjust to life in the US ended up being her very best friends for years. She's in college now, and they are still in touch.

    Your son sounds absolutely amazing to me!!
     
  8. chebrutta

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    My heart just melted.

    I use MindSnacks for language. It's cute little games to help learn simple words.
     
  9. BumbleB

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    Wow! We need more empathetic children like your son in the world!

    I have used DuoLingo before. Fast, easy, and free!
     
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    Awe, you must be proud of your son!
     
  11. Major

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    I would love to learn/speak Spanish .... In college I took several Spanish courses ..... I could read/write (some) Spanish but couldn't fluently speak it.
     
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    Aw, what a sweetheart!
     
  13. Aliceacc

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    How old is your son? Old enough to use a Spanish-English dictionary???

    And I bet the language of play transcends any difficulties.

    You should be proud of your son... and of yourselves. Kids don't learn that sort of empathy in a vacuum.
     
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    I'll bet they can teach each other their native languages. Pointing at things, doing things, and giving the names for the nouns and verbs seems like a great lexicon swap.
     
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    My GS at 4, attended a summer PS that was mostly Spanish speaking. By the end of the summer, he could speak enough that he could converse with the Spanish people in our lives.

    I like catnfiddle's plan.
     
  16. Ted

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    I've thought about some more possible activities:

    Perhaps arrange for a playdate? Maybe have this young man over to your home (and feel free to meet with his mom first so she knows who you are)? If they're new to the neighborhood, she may very well appreciate the outreach.

    Maybe get some Spanish workbooks (from a teacher's store)? Or Spanish coloring books and have the kids do the workbooks or color in the coloring books.

    Spanish bingo is also fun. Have them both play as you call the words out.

    What a wonderful opportunity for two cultures to share times together as a new friendship buds. :)
     
  17. stevescott

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    Great

    I think this is great that you have a son so willing to embrace an new way of speaking so he can support his friend.

    It will be tougher than just the thought of learning, but really kids, pick up enough to have fun.

    That's what counts.
     
  18. Glühwürmchen

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    That's awesome!

    Mindsnacks is a fun app for kids as a couple people suggested. Duolingo's another good app (they have a website too fyi if he doesn't have a device).

    You could also support him by labeling stuff around the house, but they'll learn a lot just by being around each other. Congrats!
     
  19. Ms. I

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    What a nice reason to learn Spanish! Your son is still young enough to learn it pretty easily too & just think, once he knows it really well, that will be a great skill that he'll forever have!
     
  20. lucybelle

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    Very cute! They can definitely learn from each other :)
     

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