How Do I Get My Children Interested In Spanish?
The most basic answer to this question is that you have to make it fun. In order for you to get your child interested in Spanish and wanting to learn it, it has to be fun for them. If it feels too much like school or if they find it boring they’re not going to learn and they’re not going to engage with the language. As a parents it’s your responsibility to make Spanish fun for them so that they want to learn it. How do we do that? Let’s take a look and find out some ways you can make Spanish seem fun and interesting to your child.
Read to them in Spanish
Find some great Spanish Children’s Books that are appropriate for their age and read to them in Spanish. ‘Why should my child read Spanish books?‘ You might be asking. I don’t want them to read, I want them to speak!
Well learning a language requires lots of different skills and your child won’t progress in Spanish if they can’t read. Reading can also be a great way to peak their interest in Spanish. If you find children’s books that are level appropriate, are colourful, interesting and engaging then you might find your children want to learn Spanish more and more so that they can understand their fun books.
Watch Spanish cartoons with them
Children love watching cartoons! If you want them to get interested in Spanish they’re not going to want to sit down with a textbook, they’re going to want to engage with Spanish in a way that’s interesting to them and cartoons are a great way to do that. Find a cartoon they love and watch it in Spanish, or you could look for specifically Spanish cartoons and try them out on your children. This will definitely increase their interest in the language.
Learn Spanish too!
Your child will have much more interest in the Spanish language if you’re learning too. If you just make them learn it by themselves they might wonder why and they also won’t have many people to practise with. But if you start learning it too, you’ll find that they want to copy their parents so get more of an interest in it and you’ll also be able to help them a lot more so if they get stuck you can guide them through it rather than them getting frustrated and stopping.
Play Spanish games with them
Games can be a fun and interactive way to engage your child in a new language. Find card games or look for ideas online and play with your children. If Spanish is a fun time where they get to play and interact with you then they’re bound to take more of an interest in it. But if they have to study alone and it’s no fun then they won’t.
The idea is simple! (It just might be a bit difficult sometimes but keep going with it and you’ll see the results in no time.)