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Do you want to speak Spanish to your children? (A2)


girls-read-book-1431218-638x515In the last two years we have noticed an increasing demand for Spanish classes for children. Most of their parents have studied Spanish at some point and are comfortable reading and pronouncing the language, but don’t have enough fluency or vocabulary to use it naturally. So today we are going to provide you with a list of common Spanish phrases that parents and childcare providers can incorporate into daily routines. Of course, it will be great if you can also read picture books, listen to music and sing with your children and watch TV (the show Dora the Explorer teaches Spanish). I really encourage you to start speaking Spanish with your children at home. It will be fun!!

As the second most common language in the United States (34 million speakers), Spanish is a popular choice for parents from this country. It’s also one of the easiest foreign languages for English speakers to learn (Spanish is a phonetic language, which means that words are pronounced as they are written) and it’s similar to other Romance languages (French, Italian, Portuguese), so it could be an excellent jumping-off point for a child who comes to love languages.

Please, notice that in this list the verb forms are for speaking to one child:

  • Buenos días = Good morning
  • Buenas tardes = Good evening
  • Buenas noches = Good night
  • ¿Cómo has dormido, cariño/cielo? = How did you sleep, honey?
  • ¿Quieres agua/leche? = Do you want some water/milk?
  • ¿Tienes hambre/sed? = Are you hungry/thirsty?
  • ¡Es hora de comer! = It’s time to eat!
  • Come, por favor = Eat, please.
  • Cómetelo = Eat it up.
  • ¿Quieres más? = Do you want more?
  • ¿Acabaste/Terminaste? = Are you done?
  • Tenemos que irnos en…. minutos = We have to go in … minutes.
  • ¿Dónde estás? = Where are you?
  • ¿Te ayudo? = Can I help you?
  • De nada =You’re welcome.
  • Ponte los zapatos, por favor = Put on your shoes, please.
  • Átate los zapatos = Tie your shoes.
  • Cepíllate/Lávate los dientes, por favor = Brush your teeth, please.
  • Lávate las manos = Wash your hands.
  • Pon la mesa, por favor = Set the table, please
  • Siéntate = Sit down.
  • Ven aquí = Come here.
  • Ayúdame, por favor / ¡Gracias! = Help me, please / Thank you!
  • Estate callado, por favor = Be quiet, please.
  • No lo toques = Don’t touch it.
  • Recoge tu habitación = Tidy up your room.
  • Haz la cama = Make your bed.
  • Dímelo otra vez, por favor = Tell me again, please.
  • Hazlo de nuevo = Do it again.
  • Camina/Anda, por favor = Walk, please.
  • ¡Venga! = Come on!
  • ¡Adelante! = Go ahead!
  • No corras = Don’t run.
  • Cierra la puerta/ventana = Close the door/window
  • Apágalo = Turn it off.
  • ¡A la cama! = Time for bed.
  • Apaga la luz = Turn off the light.
  • ¿Quieres leer? = Do you want to read a story?
  • ¿Quieres ver la television? = Do you want to watch TV?
  • ¿Quieres ir al cine? = Do you want to go to the movies?
  • ¡Mira! = Look!
  • ¿Cuántos hay? = How many are there?
  • Con cuidado / Ten cuidado = Be careful.
  • Dame la mano = Give me your hand.
  • Dame un beso/abrazo = Give me a kiss/hug.
  • ¿Todo bien? = Is everything alright?
  • Me gusta mucho/muchísimo =I like it very much
  • ¿Te gusta? = Do you like it?
  • Me encanta = I love it.
  • ¿Quieres jugar conmigo? = Do you want to play with me?
  • Lo haces muy bien = You are doing it very well.
  • Lo hiciste muy bien = You did it really well.
  • ¡Bien hecho! / ¡Buen trabajo! = Well done! / Good job!
  • Inténtalo otra vez = Try again.
  • Ganaste = You won.
  • Gané = I won.
  • Me toca = It’s my turn.
  • Te toca = It’s your turn.
  • Es hora de dormir =  It’s time to go to sleep.
  • Es hora de ir a la cama = It’s time for bed.
  • Que descanses = Sleep well.
  • Que sueñes con los angelitos = Sweet dreams.
  • Te quiero mucho = I love you so much.

If you want to be more proactive in jump-starting Spanish education for your children, you can also enroll them to our classes. Our teachers love kids! SpanishviaSkype offers a course specially for children between the age of 6 and 12. Your children will learn language structures, vocabulary and common expressions while having fun, so combining methodology with fun activities. We also cater for teenagers between the age of 12 and 17, with a special course based on the linguistic competences needed to pass the DELE exam B1- escolar (intermediate level for school children), which is aimed particularly at this age group.

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By | 2017-02-15T22:31:53+00:00 octubre 12th, 2016|A2, How do you say in Spanish?, Spanish Language|2 Comments

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  1. Akshay 15 octubre, 2016 en 3:37 pm - Responder

    Hae I want a mentor to talk on Skype.if anyone can thanks.

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