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Free Spanish Body Parts – Face-

We have attached another great picture from a 10 years old boy.

Have a look how we spell those words in Spanish and soon come back here to listen the track and let me see if you can match the Spanish numbers with the correct body part – from the face!

Now try to listen the The face body parts track and try to match the correct numbers with the correct body parts. Look at the picture!

The face body parts

Spanish Body Parts - The face

You can also have a look to this other great picture and you can check only the  body parts in Spanish.

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La ropa – The Clothes

In some of our Spanish clubs this term with children from Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 we have been learning some vocabulary related with clothes.

Vestido – Dress

Jersey – Jumper

Pantalón – Trousers

Pijama – Pijama

Sombrero – Hat

Bolso – Bag

Camiseta – T-Shirt

Falda – Skirt

Chaqueta – Jacket

Zapatos -Shoes

Camisa -Shirt

Calcetines -Socks

Click here to listen the clothes in Spanish -la ropa

Listen to the audio if you are unsure about the pronunciation of any of these words. Remember some of the children can remember more words than some others. It´s difficult for the children if you say to them “how do you say in Spanish “Shoes”?” however if you say the Spanish word to the children they tend to remember it better.

Sometimes they don´t know if you could perhaps show 3 pictures. For example “socks, shoes and skirt” Now ask your child to pick up “zapatos” Perhaps this time has done it better.

Remember we always do this by doing games and playing for that reason I am trying to avoid the direct question to the child. Last thing you want to hear is “I don´t know, I am not interest it I want to play with or…” Try to motivate your child “perhaps we can buy a “sombrero” on holiday!

A bit more difficult:

In our Spanish lessons we try to teach them numbers and colours and we try to check this quite often so quickly we can build some small sentences. “Dos chaquetas rojas” “Two red jackets”

I am not interested at this point to make things perfect. This is actually impossible.  Keep reading please! Why? Just say we sing numbers “1 to 10”

Uno, dos, tres, cuatro…

We practice colours and say that your child remember that “rojo” is “red” for this example.

So, the children have been learning the numbers, the colours and the items.

So now “two red jackets”  can get to many solutions for “them”. To be really honest “they” are the children in Year 2 with some Spanish background.

What is your answer?

1. Dos rojo chaqueta

2. Dos chaqueta rojo

3. Dos chaquetas roja

4. Dos chaquetas rojo

5. Dos chaquetas rojas

I am sure you realized the correct answer is “Dos chaquetas rojas”! I am now not going to start writing about masculine and femenine. Also singular and plural.

The main point here is that if I say to them “Dos chaquetas” they know I am talking about the two jackets, some of them perhaps they only catch “dos”. The beauty now is that if I say “rojas” most of them they will know that I am talking about something red. I did not said “rojo” This is not important at all at this point in time.

If you are a Spanish teacher and you are reading my post you know we need to try to talk and to say as many things as we can in the target language – Spanish to the children. Ideally will be all the class but this is actually extremely difficult to do in just one hour for the little ones (not bilingual children).

Although remember children they have got a lot of imagination. Use your hands, your body, use easy songs, read bilingual books, play games where short Spanish instructions are given. Make them write from time to time easy words (Spanish activities) make them repeat easy things every week you are with them.

This will help the infants to progress with this great MFL (Modern foreign languages) to the Juniors. Then they will be able then to develop a bit more about the language and get a bit more involved with easy grammar.

A child is not going to speak a language immediately. We can´t force a child to learn a language. We can help a child, we can stimulate him/her and this will also help him/her to develop some other curricular subjects.

The language most want to speak fluent in the UK is Spanish

After a well dedicated survey done by TravelSupermarket.com the language most want to speak fluently is Spanish (24 per cent). It was followed by the French and the Italian language I have read this morning in a short article in the Daily Express.

This article wrote by Nathan Rao (Consumer Affairs editor) it was actually quite interesting and revealed some of the most frequently used mimes when we are abroad. Example: pretending to write in your hand to indicate you want the bill.

That article also talks a bit of how Britons abroad talk to foreigners. Because I am a foreigner I know perfectly what is all about.

The study mention that 14 per cent of the speak English slowly and very loud. So I would like to make a point here. If you speak with a foreign person firstly you should try to see how they react to your normal English. Perhaps they have been living in the UK long time like me! Ok perhaps not. So you will realize this straight away. You should try to use easy sentences in order to make easy the communication and be open minded remember they make say things in the other way round. (Spanish, French Italians, Portuguese)

Another important observation, don´t be loud otherwise you really are in the pub! If they can´t understand you try to change the sentence, don´t use the same sentence. Even if you shout chances are that they can´t get it. “No entienden nada de nada” If you know a bit of Spanish and I say that sentences to you perhaps you don´t know what does it means.

If that´s the case it doesn´t really make any difference by saying “NO ENTIENDEN NADA DE NADA”. However instead if I say to you. “No comprenden” You will of course understand. Use synonyms “similar words” change the phrases and I know this could be difficult for a lot of people try to avoid “phrasal verbs” What are they? Verb + adverb or verb + preposition

This of course can be really difficult for English natives because that´s your normal way to talk. In my opinion this is probably one of the most difficult of English Grammar for Spanish speakers.

It was actually quite funny to know that 6 per cent of the people admit “doing a Steve McClaren” imitating the former England manager by talking English with a strange Spanish or foreign accent.

If you want to read this article check the page 13 of the Daily Express Saturday June 15 2013.

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Consejos para aprender un idioma

Algunos consejos en español para que sus hijos aprendan otros idiomas:

En el caso de los niños bilingües se dará la situación en la que su hijo o hija estará expuesto a más de un idioma. Por ejemplo puede que su hijo en el colegio hablé y reciba las clases en inglés, pero en su casa el niño habla español ya que sus padres son españoles. (o viceversa)

Se puede dar también otros casos en el que el niño está en contacto con más de dos idiomas. Imagínese un niño en el que su padre sea francés y su madre española. Y el niño vaya a una escuela inglesa.

Hay diferentes tipos de variaciones y luego también tenemos casos en el que el niño quizás tan solo habla un idioma pero en el colegio enseñan diferentes idiomas.

En otros colegios y también muy especializados las clases se imparten en dos idiomas, colegios bilingües en el que imparten español e inglés.

¿Qué puede hacer usted para que su hijo mejore un segundo idioma?

  • Intente que su hijo este en contacto lo máximo posible con ese segundo idioma.
  • Empiece pronto, en cuanto antes mejor, incluso cuando son bebes. Cuando son muy pequeñitos el niño aprende idiomas sin darse cuenta. Tan solo jugando y con canciones. Los niños son como esponjas y absorben esos sonidos nuevos de un segundo idioma.
  • Lea al niño regularmente si usted sabe un poco de ese segundo idioma.
  • Intente que el niño vea películas infantiles y oiga en el idioma que quiere que aprenda.
  • Intente ir de vacaciones con su hijo a ese país donde se habla el idioma que quiere que su hijo o hija aprendan.
  • Intente que su hijo controladamente juegue a juegos interactivos educacionales.
  • Intente que su hijo o hija escuchen ese idioma alguna vez.

Estos tan solo son algunos consejos hay libros especializados en este tema en el que pueden encontrar mucha más información. De momento les dejo con un ejemplo en el que pueden escuchar una historia corta bilingüe de dos hermanos cuando van a comprar a su tienda favorita.

La historia ha sido leída por un niño bilingüe en español los dos hermanos – español y en inglés The two brothers -english

Escuche en español y escuche en inglés e intente adivinar cual es su idioma más materno. ¿Es el inglés o es el español?

Finalmente les dejo con un vocabulario para sus hijos util para que practiquen tanto en inglés como en español.

Vocabulary – Los dos hermanos

 

 

 

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Manchester United stars teach students to mind their languages

You can read an interesting article wrote by Chris Morris published in the Sale and Altrincham advertiser Newspaper on the 13th of March.

If you are a Manchester supporter you probably know that the Goalkeeper David de Gea and the striker Javier Hernandez are Spanish speakers. David is from Madrid and Javier is from Mexico.

They went to Broadoak secondary school to chat students in Spanish. Apparently the children in the school manage to interview the Spanish footballers pretty well. That event it was actually recorded and it will be aired sometime in April so other students will be able to take advantage and use this resource in their Spanish lessons. Please do not send us e-mails regarding this. We don´t know when it will be available. The lesson was filmed by the Reds´ on TV station.

“understanding of how important it is to study a language at school, as you never know how useful it might be in the future” quoted by Sale and Altrincham advertiser Newspaper.

We hope you find this post interesting and you can read a bit more about this Spanish event at the the Broadoak school.

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