Not to brag, but I still remember how to say cat and pants from high school Spanish. Impressive, right? Needless to say, my preparation for being a public school teacher was woefully short in language dexterity.
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Fast forward 15 years into my educational career and I enroll my oldest son in a Spanish immersion school. I love that my blue-eyed, blond hair boy can launch into a real conversation with people who I cannot communicate with on my own.
But I realize now that I missed an opportunity to increase my influence over the children and families who were in my classroom.
The more I observe public education from the closeness of the system level, but a distance from my own classroom, the more I realize it was less content and more the relationships which was important to developing children. I know there were times I put content over relationships. I regret that. My boys will stay in a place where relationships, current and future, are valued.
In the immersion school both of my sons go to they learn Spanish from native speakers. They learn about the cultures of our entire hemisphere and plan to travel to all these places I would have been scared to travel. That is why I send them there, not to translate for me when I meet someone from outside my social sphere, but to avoid limiting their sphere.
If you do not have access to an immersion school, consider a learning program like Rosetta Stone. If you use a language program like this also consider how to introduce cultural events. Festivals and holidays celebrating different cultures are worthwhile and an excellent way to practice live language interaction. Make sure that your children also talk with peers who speak that language, slang is an element never found in formal education.
Let me know if you have tried a program like Rosetta Stone, I would value your opinion!
Until then “gato” and “los pantalones.”
2018-01-29 at 6:05 pm
I haven’t tried Rosetta Stone… but have tried a few apps… I really like Duolingo!
2018-01-29 at 8:19 pm
Duo lingo is great too!
2018-01-29 at 7:46 pm
Love this idea. I am terrible at languages myself.
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2018-01-29 at 9:49 pm
I’ve used duolingo! I didn’t pick up much, but I basically used it before my trip to Paris to practice a few key phrases and it was helpful. I would love to fully immerse myself in the language and speak fluent French someday.
2018-01-29 at 10:01 pm
I have wanted to try Rosetta Stone for quite some time! Thanks for getting me thinking about it again.
2018-01-30 at 7:00 am
I was fortunate enough to spend a semester in college at the Universidad de Puebla in Mexico. It was amazing!
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2018-01-30 at 10:53 am
This post really spoke to me, Penny. My father is Sicilian and wanted my brother and me to learn the language so that we could speak to family in Sicily. Unfortunately, we weren’t immersed in the language and never really picked it up aside from a few pleasantries. When i was 18 we visited Sicily for a few weeks and I was amazed by how quickly I learned (and subsequently forgot) so much of the language by being forced to speak it constantly. I’m sure your boys will thank you for the life lessons they are receiving in their amazing school!
2018-01-30 at 1:59 pm
Thanks for that friendly assurance JP. It is often a struggle as a parent to choose tradeoffs for your children. It helps to have friends support my decision.
2018-01-31 at 2:33 pm
Oooo an immersion school sounds fantastic. People need to know about other cultures, places, and languages.
2018-01-31 at 5:51 pm
Sounds like an amazing school! Do you know this week I was thinking about trying a Rosetta Stone course? You’re timing is uncanny. I did download an app called Dulingo but I deleted it. May try something more structured in the future.
2018-01-31 at 6:09 pm
Rosetta Stone is more structured, where the Duolingo is a more passive app. Best of luck!
2018-01-31 at 6:54 pm
The school sounds great. Never heard of Rosetta Stone before too but I really think it can help.
2018-01-31 at 8:21 pm
I want to learn Spanish! I’m trying to learn using an app right now 🙂
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2018-01-31 at 8:42 pm
What are you using?
2018-02-01 at 11:22 am
I took French all through junior high and high school and I loved it, but unfortunately haven’t kept it up. There are a lot of great immersion programs in my area that my friends have placed their kids in and they can’t say enough good about it!
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2018-02-01 at 4:30 pm
I’ve heard good things about Rosetta Stone, but I’ve never personally used it. I’d love to learn Spanish. I remember a little of the German language that I learnt in secondary school – guten nacht! x
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2018-06-18 at 8:11 pm
I would like to learn Spanish!