Quick recap for those who didn't see my last question, my son attends a preschool where about half of his classmates and his teacher speaks Spanish as their first language. Though all speak English fluently, they often speak Spanish to each other, including the teacher. It is not a bilingual school, they are not being taught Spanish or being taught IN Spanish, but my son is picking up on it, and my problem with that is in the following....
For those who DID read it, put aside the fact that my son is being exposed to it because that is not at all my problem. In fact, if he does pick up enough and actually learns the language I think that would be GREAT.
Here is my issue and the only reason I brought up his exposure to Spanish is to explain why he does this, not to say I am against it.. Increasingly often, my son "speaks" in Spanish sounding gibberish. It is NOT actual Spanish (except for the occassional word or two) and yes I know this for a fact. When talking to other's he rambles off in this gibberish and then they look at me unsure of how to respond. I don't even know how to respond. Lately he does this at least 50% of the tIme. I know he is speaking as he thinks his preschool friends speak and is attempting a new language which is fine, but it's not understandable and therefore obnoxious. But, do I tell him to stop since he IS attempting a new language? I don't speak enough Spanish to correct him in it. i dont even think someone who did speak it could correct him since it is so senseless. Do I tell him to "speak English" or use "real" words? Looking for advice on how to handle!
Asked by Anonymous at 9:17 PM on Dec. 15, 2012 in School-Age Kids (5-8)
Answer by Cynthje at 7:57 PM on Dec. 28, 2012
Answer by FreeForAll at 9:31 PM on Dec. 15, 2012
Your son didn't automatically know English when he was born. Did he not speak gibberish as he was learning English. If he is wanting something or trying to tell you something encourage him to tell you in English first so that you know what he is saying but also encourage him to speak in his gibberish Spanish as well. Look for some educational tv shows or dvds that will teach Spanish words to English speakers (Dora and Diego come to mind, but I know there are plenty others out there).
Answer by JeremysMom at 9:27 PM on Dec. 15, 2012
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