PRACTICE & LEARN SPANISH WITH YOUR CHILD EVERY DAY WITH MAMALINGUA
One Word at a Time
We often delve into learning a new language by trying to master complete phrases. But one of the easiest ways to learn is word by word. So we have a tip that you can start using right away:
Make a list of the top five English words you use every day with your kids and replace them with the Spanish words.
By the end of one week, the five words you’ve selected should be completely replaced by their Spanish translations. And if you want them to stick, you can permanently replace those words and use only the Spanish form at home. Once you’ve mastered those five key words, add five key phrases that use those words... Learn and repeat, one word at a time!
Learning to read in Spanish is pretty easy. While there are exceptions, the letters pretty much sound the same no matter the word. Let’s start with our vowels. There are only five vowel sounds in Spanish:
a = ah – like the “a” sound in awful
ex. amigo ah-MEE-go
e = eh – like the “e” sound in elephant
ex. bebe beh-BEH
i = ee – like the “ee” sound in bistro
ex. lindo LEEN-do
o = oh – like the “o” sound in ocean
ex. oso OH-soh
u = oo – like the “o” sound in do
ex. uva OO-vah
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The Spanish Promise Blog
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