Resources I am Using to Learn Spanish
As you all know, I have a goal to become fluent in Spanish before 40. My fluency journey began way back in 2004 while working in healthcare. Unfortunately, as time passed and I didn’t have many Spanish speaking friends to communicate with so I lost motivation. However, as of the past year or so, I have really buckled down to speak Spanish more. It helps that my husband’s first and primary language is Spanish. So, I get a ton of daily practice and correction. Over the past few months, I took the initiative to sort of formally develop a curriculum or plan of action, I’d say, increase my fluency. I have been very motivated to converse with Jasiel only in Spanish for words and phrases I know while teaching Amira. Today, I want to share my resources and programs I am currently using with you all.
Thanks to the wonderful world of Instagram I have discovered so many Spanish speaking mom bloggers and resources to learn from. One of my recent treasures has been Spanish Playground. Spanish Playground has practical advice and useful material for teaching Spanish to children. The website is jam packed with so many great worksheets, games, activities and even YouTube videos. This month, I downloaded the 12 week Language Plan that lays out a an organized learning strategy. Learning with structure has really accelerated our vocabulary rather quickly. The other thing I have found about Spanish Playground is how learning is coincided with themes, poems, and songs. Amira really enjoys this learning style. We find so many ways to make spanish fun now. For example, this week, we are learning words and building conversational sentences around the fall season.
Any of you listen to podcasts? I do! I have found a couple of new podcasts that have really enhanced my life. A random search for new podcasts to listen to I stumbled upon Entre Dos, a podcast for parents raising bilingual kids. One of the podcasts interviewees was Aileen Passariello-McAleer co-founder of MamaLingua. Her interview was so thought provoking and inspiring that I immediately went to the App Store to download the app and read the blog. MamaLingua filled a much needed gap. There are no language learning tools for parents who want to learn or improve their second language skills while also teaching their children. BAM!!! It was perfect for me. It has vocabulary and phrases along with audio, organized in categories, that teaches you conversational Spanish to speak to your baby. Jasiel and I both are now learning at the same time. We learn bathtime, sleep, playtime, emotions, and the list goes on and on. It’s perfect.
BILINGUAL KIDS BOOKS
Learning a language can be pretty expensive when you start purchasing so many resources like cds, books, and even lessons. Bilingual books have been a great way for both Amira and I to learn a second language. It helps Amira to learn at a place that is comfortable for her with similar storylines as English books she's currently reading. We read the book in English and Spanish to assist her in identifying Spanish words and being able to not only converse but read Spanish. Because Jasiel’s first language will be Spanish, I use bilingual books different with him. They allow me to meet him where he is. I can read bedtime stories to him in his language while I learn and become more proficient. Nevertheless, I am bonding with both of my babies by reading in another language.
BASHO AND FRIENDS ON YOUTUBE
I’m sure you know but there are countless Spanish videos on YouTube. Basho & Friends has become my absolute favorite video to learn and teach Spanish to the kids. Every morning while getting dressed, we watch Basho and dance. The music and imagery is very cute and fun. I love watching Basho because along with teaching new words, he also teaches phrases. The topics are broad as well.
I’m always on the search for new resources to keep learning Spanish fun. I’ll definitely keep sharing what I find and learn along this journey.
DO YOU HAVE ANY SPANISH LEARNING RESOURCES YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE? INTERESTED IN LEARNING SPANISH, LET ME KNOW.