Why bilingual skills and multicultural education are important and how can they influence the future of our kids?

kids_worldIn today’s world, people’s values revolve around education, which is known as an efficient door opener for many excellent opportunities. Being a bilingual individual with a multicultural education is of utmost importance, particularly because these capacities can allow individuals to join the extensive job marketplace and set up successful careers, as well.

However, people might experience confusion when referring to bilingual capacities and multicultural education. What are, for sure, the advantages and how can this help our children strive for a better career in the nearby future?

In the first place, being a bilingual involves speaking two distinct languages: your mother language, and a foreign one, which comes from a different region of the world. However, speaking a language involves immersing yourself in the cultures and traditions of that particular country, unavoidably acquiring a better education. At this time, most employers are seeking individuals who can speak more than two languages, offering high-paying jobs that ensure them of an excellent monthly income.

Furthermore, whether we talk about the job of a simple employer or a CEO, individuals can receive new opportunities when their education is beyond regular limits, enabling them to be promoted to higher levels.

multicultural 3Being a bilingual is ideal due to the fact that you will need good communication skills when talking to a potential client, let’s say, from China, who can speak only in his mother language, Chinese. An individual who is able to understand the language will be able to establish efficient communication with the client, leading not only to appreciation, but also to new perspectives that can change their lives’ forever, promising a better future.

In addition, multicultural education enables individuals to improve the communication and understanding between them and people who come from other countries of the world. Once you are aware of their traditions, you will know how to act properly in order to attain your goals. Multicultural education can influence kids’ future at a great deal due to the fact that they are basically able to familiarize with other cultures, understand them and use their knowledge in order to lay the foundation of a promising career.

From the very first moments, those children with enhanced education can be selected to take part in several programs, and students might be offered the possibility of studying abroad, where the rules are different and their opportunities – more numerous. Being properly educated can allow kids to focus on their beliefs and develop important aspects of their personality.

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Multicultural educations enables them to pick their own religion, principles and way of life, and concentrate on particular fields they might be interested in, such as information technology, business, entrepreneurship, and so on. Moreover, multicultural education can open new doors, as they will learn the basics of a successful career and other aspects pertaining to it.

Before thinking about anything else, you should definitely consider becoming a bilingual and providing multicultural education to your child in order to offer him the benefits we mentioned above. Doing proper research can help you gain a better understanding of the complexities involved in this matter, so it is better to equip yourself with patience and proper knowledge regarding how to help your kids prosper.

 

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Vacaciones en “el Parque Panaca” – Our summer in “Panaca Park”

Vacaciones en “el Parque Panaca”

En nuestras vacaciones de verano fuimos a visitar a las abuelitas en Bogotá – Colombia. Estuvimos compartiendo con la familia y también disfrutamos de algunas actividades que nunca habíamos hecho.

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Una de ellas ha sido muy especial y hemos querido compartirla con ustedes por que ha dejado una gran aventura en nuestra vida y un gran recuerdo. Fue nuestra visita a “Panaca”.

Panaca abrió las puertas al público en agosto de 2006, está ubicado a sólo 40 minutos de Bogotá, entre los municipios de Briceño y Zipaquirá, al norte de la capital de Colombia, que es Bogotá. Los visitantes pueden interactuar con una colección de 2.400 animales domésticos, recorrer las 7 sorprendentes estaciones temáticas, que son la de ganadería, la de porcicultura, la canina, la equina, la estación de especies menores, la ecológica y la estación de agricultura orgánica, allí pudimos comprar vegetales y frutas recién sacados de la huerta!

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Además estuvimos en las 4 espectaculares exhibiciones de caballos, perros, ganadería y cerditos! En el área de los cerditos les dimos tetero, alimentamos las cabras, a los patos y a las gallinas, también en la estación de ganadería, ordeñamos a las vacas, montamos a caballo y en llama! Fue muy divertido.
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Una de las exhibiciones más bonitas fue la de los caballos, los vimos danzar, correr y hacer movimientos muy artísticos y difíciles, el trabajo de todos los entrenadores de estos caballos ha sido muy profesional y de mucha dedicación. Felicitaciones!

Así que si piensas visitar a Bogotá, no se te olvide visitar a Panaca!

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Our summer in “Panaca Park”

This past summer, we went to visit our grannies in Bogotá , Colombia in South America.

We spent a lot of time with family and also enjoyed some activities that we had never done before.

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One of them was very special for us and we wanted to share it with everyone. It was a great adventure in our life and a great memory. It was our visit to  “Panaca“.

Panaca opened its doors in August 2006, is located just 40 minutes north of Bogotá (the capital of Colombia) and is between the cities of Briceño and Zipaquirá. Visitors can interact with a collection of over 2,400 pets. You can have amazing adventures in the seven themed stations that include: horses, pigs, dogs, cows, and other small animals. There is also an organic farming station where we could buy vegetables and fruits fresh from the field!

We spent time in the spectacular exhibitions for horses, dogs, cows and pigs! We milked the cows, fed the pigs with a milk bottle, and also fed goats, ducks and chickens. We rode horses and llamas! It was fun.

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One of the most beautiful exhibits was the horse exhibit! We saw them dancing, running and do very artistic movements. We know that it must have been really hard work and taken a lot of dedication by all the trainers to put on such a professional and wonderful show. Congratulations!

So if you plan to visit to Bogotá, do not forget to visit  Panaca!

 

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Spanish languages printables

We are inviting you to use our language printables, they are designed for the classroom or home to encourage early readers, and encourage kids to learn Spanish.

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Bind a complete set of coloring pages into a book for the classroom, do the same for your home! They will have the kids busy and happy!

We hope you will find many uses for them, please use it! And let us know how the kids are doing with Spanish language.

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April National Poetry Month – ¿Cómo se dibuja un paisaje? – Gloria Fuertes

El poema de hoy es “¿Cómo se dibuja un paisaje?” de la poeta española Gloria Fuertes.

Un paisaje que tenga de todo,
se dibuja de este modo:
Unas montañas,
un pino,
arriba el sol,
abajo un camino,
una vaca,
un campesino,
unas flores,
un molino,
la gallina y un conejo,
y cerca un lago como un espejo.
Ahora tú pon los colores;
la montaña de marrón,
el astro sol amarillo,
colorado el campesino,
el pino verde,
el lago azul
-porque es espejo del cielo como tú-,
la vaca de color vaca,
de color gris el conejo,
las flores…
como tú quieras las flores,
de tu caja de pinturas.
¡Usa todos los colores!

 

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Rimas en Español – Letra: K – k

La rima de hoy es con la letra K – k:

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Escucha el sonido aquí: Rima N.12: Letra K-k

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Día del Padre – Spanish Father’s Day Cards

Father’s day is almost here! In a few days in, June 17th.  What a great idea to make a card for “el día del padre”. It’s good to say thanks and express your affection for your dad with a simple card made by you!

Moms, teachers, and children can select different messages such as “Thanks for being a great Dad” (gracias por ser un gran papá). Another is  “We love you Dad” (te amamos papá).

When you have more than 5 children in your classroom, you can personalize each card with their initials to print to avoid mixing the cards.

In this activity, the children learn Spanish because they practice the Spanish vocabulary, they can listen to the message in English and Spanish, they can color the cards, and they can have a fun time while building a beautiful card for Dad.

In addition, they can change the border, the graphic, the message in the card, and print in color or black and white and color them.

Enjoy this activity! Please post your creations in our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/onlinefreespanish); we love to see your creations!

 

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An Illustrated Treasury of Latino Read-Aloud Stories

An Illustrated Treasury of Latino Read-Aloud Stories

Edited by Maite Suarez Rivas, translated into Spanish by Alma Mora with beautiful illustrations!

The World’s Best – Loved Stories for parent and child to Share! This book includes myths and legends, fables, fairy tales, riddles, history and much more.

Each story can be read in 10 minutes or less, which is just the right amount of time before bedtime, and most are accompanied by full color illustrations.

Read aloud to the children is one of the most remarkable and remembering activities, in which a parent or teacher can connect with kids.

 

These read-aloud Latino stories will introduce children of all backgrounds not only to the joys of reading but to the exciting, heroic and magical traditions of Latino culture.

Next we want to share one of the book’s history, that leaves a great teaching:
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The blind Man and the Cripple.

While walking down a windy path, a blind man tripped on a rock and fell. “I cannot go on by myself. This path is too difficult.” He rested on a rock and waited.

A little while passed, and the blind man heard someone approaching.

“My friend,” said the blind man.

“Would you help me find my way?” “I would very much like to help but I am lame.
The path is windy and my legs are having a hard time of it alone. You look well and strong.”

“Yes, I am healthy. It is not my legs that give me trouble.
It is my eyes. I am blind.” “Luck is not on our side,” remarked the lame man.

“You are healthy but cannot see. I can see, but can barely walk.
Nevertheless, I have an idea. What do you think if I lend you my eyes, and you help me with your feet?”

“Great idea,” answered the lame man. “Alone we may not get to where we are going.
But together we are sure to finish this walk.”

So the blind man bent down and the lame man sat on his shoulders. Using the blind man’s legs and the lame man’s eyes, the two proceeded along their journey.

Said the lame man to the blind man:

“Take me on your shoulders.

You will be my legs,

And I will be your eyes.”
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Sopa de Letras – Word Search Puzzle

Enjoy with our free printable word search puzzles and have endless hours of fun!

With our randomly created puzzles you will play never the same.
All the word search puzzles are printable on any standard home printer and they will fit perfectly on a single sheet of 8.5″ x 11″ paper.

The objective of each puzzle is to find the listed hidden words.

The words are hiding in any direction: horizontally, vertically, diagonally, and forwards and backwards.

Additional you can play the game, word search puzzles, but with a specific graphic for each word and the right list you can hear the pronunciation of each word.

And the best of all, they are totally FREE!

 

 
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Happy Birthday – Feliz cumpleaños!

It’s October again and the OnlineFreeSpanish team is celebrating another great year on the air!

Thank you very much for the comments to our lessons and activities, and for pointing out where we have made a mistake.

Thanks for suggesting new activities and topics, our to-do list continues growing, we will try evacuate it as soon as possible.

But October is also the month of Halloween and we have prepared a menu with all our activities to celebrate.

We hope that you continue to enjoy our lessons and free activities.

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Printable word search puzzles with Spanish vocabulary














Free, easy crossword puzzles for children featuring themes related to different categories!

Here are some of the categories:
los verbos – verbs
el cuerpo – body
la cara – face
cómo se siente? How does she feeling?
animales de la granja – farma animals
animales salvajes – wild animals
vida marina – sea life
los bichos – bugs
las mascotas – pets
los colores – colors
las figuras – shapes
los utiles escolares – school supplies
los meses del año – Months of the year
los días de la semana – days of the week
las frutas – fruits
los vegelates – vegetables
la cocina – the kitchen
el patio – the backyard
el dormitorio – bedroom
los números 1-10 – numbers 1-10
los números 11-20 – numbers 11-20
los números 21-30 – numbers 21-30
la ropa – clothes
las herramientas – tools
los juguetes – toys
el transporte – transport
los verbos – verbs

These games can be played online or printed and solved on paper.

We think that a lot of kids like word search puzzles, or sopa de letras, in Spanish. We add a visual clue for each word, and additional sound, so you can learn the Spanish pronunciation, and make the puzzle a much more valuable language learning activity.

This set of word search puzzles is designed for native Spanish speakers and each has different options to do, all of the puzzles are 9×9, 12×12 or 15×15, if you want you can allow diagonals, and backward words, and print the solution.

Word searches is a really good resource for reinforce vocabulary, pronunciation and fun time. Click this link for printable word search puzzles in Spanish.

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Spanish-History of the Spanish Language

Spanish or Castilian is an Indo-European, Romance language that originated in northern Spain, and gradually spread in the Kingdom of Castile and evolved into the principal language of government and trade. It was taken most notably to the Americas and also to Africa and Asia Pacific with the expansion of the Spanish Empire between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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Today, 320 million people speak Spanish as a native language, making it the world’s fourth most spoken language in terms of native speakers after Chinese, Hindi, and English, depending on the sources. Mexico contains the largest population of Spanish speakers.

Spanish is growing increasingly popular as a second or third language in a number of countries due to logistical, economic, and touristic interest towards the many nations which chiefly use Spanish as the primary language. This phenomenon is most notable in Brazil, the United States, Italy, France, Portugal, and much of the Anglo sphere in general.

Naming and origin

Spaniards tend to call this language Español (Spanish) when contrasting it with languages, such as French and English, but call it castellano (Castilian), that is, the language of the Castile region, when contrasting it with other languages spoken in Spain such as Galician, Basque, and Catalan. This reasoning also holds true for the language’s preferred name in some Hispanic American countries. In this manner, the Spanish Constitution of 1978 uses the term castellano to define the official language of the whole Spanish State, as opposed to the other Spanish languages. Article III reads as follows:

“El castellano es la lengua española oficial del Estado. (…) Las demás lenguas españolas serán también oficiales en las respectivas Comunidades Autónomas…

Castilian is the official Spanish language of the State. (…) The other Spanish languages shall also be official in their respective Autonomous Communities…”

The name Castellano (Castilian), which refers directly to the origins of the Language and the sociopolitical context in which it was introduced in the Americas, is preferred in Argentina, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Chile, instead of español, which is more commonly used to refer to the language as a whole in the rest of Latin America.

Some Spanish speakers consider Castellano a generic term with no political or ideological links, much as “Spanish” is in English.

In the 2006 census, 44.3 million people of the U.S. population were Hispanic or Latino by origin; 34 million people, 12.2 percent, of the population older than 5 years old speak Spanish at home. Spanish has a long history in the United States (many south-western states were part of Mexico and Spain), and it recently has been revitalized by Hispanic immigrants. Spanish is the most widely taught foreign language in the country. Although the United States has no formally designated “official languages,” Spanish is formally recognized at the state level in various states besides English; in the U.S. state of New Mexico for instance, 30% of the population speaks the language. It also has strong influence in metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles, Miami, San Antonio, New York City, and in the 2000s the language has rapidly expanded in Atlanta, Houston, Phoenix and other major Sun-Belt cities. Spanish is the dominant spoken language in Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory. In total, the U.S. has the world’s fifth largest Spanish-speaking population.

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La familia – The family

La familia es muy importante para todos, por ello hemos creado una lección que nos permite aprender y ver claramente los términos y la relación de cada uno de los miembros que conforman una familia. Cómo logramos esto? Con un árbol genealógico. Qué es un árbol genealógico?

El árbol tiene un tronco y de ese tronco se desprenden muchas ramas, y de cada rama salen más ramas. Cada uno de nosotros es el tronco de un árbol y cada rama en el árbol es un integrante de nuestra familia, por ejemplo, mama será una rama de nuestro árbol, papa será otra rama de nuestro árbol. Así como el árbol crece, y le salen más ramas, cada vez que en nuestra familia nuestros padres o nuestros tíos tienen más hijos son nuevas ramas, que se han de añadir a nuestro árbol genealógico.

El árbol genealógico nos  permite identificar claramente que vínculo que existe entre las personas que conforman una familia. Por ejemplo en nuestra lección http://www.onlinefreespanish.com/aplica/lessons/family.htm, vamos a escoger alguno de los niños que aparecen en la primera fila, este se va a iluminar con rojo, luego vamos a escoger al segundo integrante de la familia, cualquier otra persona en el dibujo, y vamos a ver que una línea roja va a unir los dos dibujos. Luego vamos a escuchar que parentesco o relación tiene la segunda persona con la primera. Aquí aprendemos claramente la conexión o el parentesco que existe entre el niño y cada uno de los miembros de su familia, como son mama, papa, tío, tía, primo, prima, abuelo y abuela.

Te invitamos a practicar en el árbol genealógico de OFS (OnlineFreeSpanish), te vas a divertir y vas a aprender cómo se relacionan y como se pronuncian los diferentes miembros en una familia.

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Family is really important for all of us, that is why we have created our new lesson, it helps us learn and see more clearly, terms and relationships about each member of the family. How did we make this? Well is called a genealogical tree. Now you will ask yourself what is a genealogical tree?

A genealogical tree most knows as a “family tree” is a chart representing family relationships in a conventional tree structure. Each one of us is part of the trunk, and each branch is a person of our family. For example, Mother will be a branch of our tree and Father will be another branch of our tree. So can you see the relationship? As a tree grows more branches are added to the tree. Meaning that every time our family grows and our parents or our uncles have more children, they become new branches to add to our family tree.

The Family tree helps us identify clearly the link between all the persons that made up our family. For example, in one of our lessons

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we are going to choose one of the kids that appear  on the first row, he or she are going to glow in red, then we are going to choose the second integrant of the family and they are going to link together with a red line. Then we are going to listen the sound of the relationship that this two persons have in the family. Here we learn the connection that exist with the kid and the other person in the graphic it could be mother, father, uncle, aunt, cousin, grandmother, grandfather, sister, brother, ETC….

We invite you to practice our family tree lesson on Online free Spanish, you are going to enjoy, have fun but most important while you learn about the relationships and the pronunciation of the different members of a family.

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Learn Spanish in your free time by reading 20 minutes a day

Learning a foreign language is a great asset to anyone’s skill set. Whether you learn for your career or just for your own personal reasons, learning Spanish can add enrichment and a feeling of satisfaction to your life. You can take formal classes, play online games, and even buy software that will help you learn Spanish in a timely and efficient manner. However, one simple way to learn Spanish that many people don’t consider is to simply read Spanish articles, books, and other resources. This method is less intensive than a formal class or learning program, but will offer you a more hands on approach to learning than that of other methods.

If you spend 20 minutes each day reading Spanish articles, newspapers, or books, you can increase your vocabulary and gain a much better understanding of the Spanish language through immersion. For example, if you hop on the internet and look up a newspaper from Mexico or Spain , you can read about world events that may already be familiar to you, so the translation and understanding will come naturally. At first, you might want to keep a dictionary handy to help you understand what you’re reading, but in time you will be able to read all sorts of documents in Spanish simply by understanding the context of the words which will inherently teach you the meanings of them.

Traditional Spanish education focuses a lot on vocabulary exercises and memorization, but these methods are very time-consuming and mundane. Rather than memorizing vocabulary and learning words one at a time, reading Spanish for 20 minutes a day will help you to better understand the language as a whole, and how it fits together in one piece. When children are young, they learn words first by association, and then by being read to. Eventually, children learn to read, and only then are they taught vocabulary and spelling classes to help them grow their knowledge of their primary language. This is why learning by association and immersing yourself in the Spanish language is easier to do than memorizing words and their meanings. The brain is already pre-wired to learn this way.

By reading Spanish 20 minutes a day, you will gain a better understanding of the language and how words are used. You can even find articles that are written in Spanish and another language, so that you can assimilate the two to see what the Spanish article is saying. Taking classes or using software to learn Spanish are great tools, but why spend the time and money when you can ready for 20 minutes each day, for free, and learn the same amount, if not more? There are many different ways to learn Spanish, but if you’re a more “hands-on” learner, total immersion through reading 20 minutes a day is often a much faster, more efficient way to learn the things you want to know. You’ll learn to understand an article or a book as a whole concept, and can then dissect the meaning of the specific words on your own.

Learning a second language is a great tool to add to your personal or professional skills; if you could do it in 20 minutes a day, wouldn’t you?

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News from LEARN SPANISH

This week we have a lot of fun!

1.       We have news words in  “word of the day”:

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enviar – necesito un sobre para enviar esta carta.

to send – I need an envelope to send this letter.

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Letra pequeña – use la lupa para leer la letra pequeña.

small print – use a magnifying glass to read the small print.

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estoy ahorrando – estoy ahorrando dinero en mi alcancía.

I’m saving – I’m saving money in my piggy bank.

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mis amigos – hoy fui al parque a jugar con mis amigos.

my friends – today I went to the playground to play with my friends

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no olvide – no olvide usar la servilleta.

don’t forget – don’t forget use the napkin.

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yo escribo – yo escribo en mi cuaderno

I write – I write in my notebook.

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manzana – Sandy bebe jugo de manzana.

apple – Sandy drinks apple juice.

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2.       A new book in our library:

“El burro en la piel del león” – “The donkey in the lion’s skin” for Esopo.

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3.       A new record in our game:  “Los numerous 1 – 10” – Numbers

For BBB with 142 points! Amazing.

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Learning Spanish – The Best Teaching Method for Success

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Anyone who attends a public high school in the United States is required to take at least one credit of foreign language education. For most, this language is Spanish. For years, teachers have used a vocabulary and grammar approach to Spanish learning, and have found that the older a student is, the less likely they are to catch on to this method of teaching. As you age, your brain becomes more and more hard-wired. That is, it thinks it has everything it needs, so it doesn’t want to learn anything new. This is why many schools have started teaching foreign language education as early as the first grade; six-year-olds are much more accustomed to acquiring new things than sixteen-year olds.

In addition to teaching Spanish and other foreign languages earlier, teachers and educators are also learning that the methods used in secondary language education aren’t actually the best approach to learning Spanish or any other language. Most lesson plans call for vocabulary building, memorization of words and their translations, and boring, repetitive, exercises and practices. However, the brain is not very fond of these methods, so learning a language can become strenuous and aggravating for someone who is struggling. If instead you were to learn Spanish by being immersed in the culture and taught by example and association, you might be surprised at how much faster you catch on.

To succeed in teaching Spanish to any person, regardless of age, learning by association is recommended. This means that instead of memorization, teachers and teaching software focus on using pictures, games, and other cultural experiences to help the student better comprehend what they’re learning. For example, if you make someone memorize a list of animals in Spanish, it might take weeks to learn them all. However, if you show them pictures of various animals, along with their Spanish names, the student is much more likely to catch on faster because their brain has a picture to associate with the words.

If you think about how children first learn to speak, you’ll understand why this teaching method works best. Learning through observation, repetition and by using actual examples is the best way for the human brain to learn new things. If you are teaching an older group of students, you especially want to be sure that you are using the right methods. Otherwise, you might not succeed at teaching them what they need to know because their brains aren’t accepting of the new information.

Ultimately, human nature has trained our brains to learn through example. Not until a child touches the stove or heater will they truly understand the meaning of the word “hot.” The same rings true for secondary language education; if you tell someone that a certain word means something, they might remember it for a second, but if you show them what a word means or stands for in a picture or through example, they will be much more likely to remember it in the long run.

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Spanish Word Search Puzzle – Los verbos – The verbs

Aprende algunos verbos importantes jugando – Learn some important verbs playing.

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