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Routine and context are key when teaching and learning a second language. This week, Aileen offers tips and inspiration to teach your children Spanish without the need for English translation.

Learn Through Context and Cuddles 
As my daughter stepped out of the shower the other day, I wrapped her up tightly in a towel and said “Acurrúcate!” I was telling her to get cozy and cuddle up in the towel.

Mi hija stared intently at my mouth as I spoke, so I continued to repeat the word as she snuggled into her towel. After she’d heard it a few times, she said, “Mami, acurrúcate!” For the next five minutes, we acted out what “accurúcate” means and practiced how to say it. I never needed to translate the word into English, because the meaning was clear through the context. (And see what I just did there at the beginning?) Read more.

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Peace through language acquisition? Perhaps. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages highlights research that shows language learners develop a more positive attitude toward the target language and/or the speakers of that language. Read more.
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