Becoming a Bilingual Family: Help Your Kids Learn Spanish (and Learn Spanish Yourself in the…

Paperback | January 30, 2013

byStephen Marks, Jeffrey Marks

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Would you like your children to grow up bilingual, even if you aren't yet? Then speak to your kids in Spanish as you learn the language along with them. Becoming a Bilingual Family gives English-speaking parents the tools to start speaking Spanish with their kids in their earliest years, when children are most receptive to learning languages. It teaches the vocabulary and idioms for speaking to children in Spanish and offers practical, proven ways to create a language-learning environment at home.

The first part of the book introduces parents to many resources—books, audio books, music, television, computer programs, childcare workers, school, and friends—that can help you establish a home environment conducive to the acquisition of Spanish. The second part is a Spanish phrasebook that takes you through all the typical activities that parents and children share, from getting up in the morning to going to bed at night. Few, if any, other Spanish study aids provide this much vocabulary and guidance for talking to small children about common daily activities. The authors also include a quick course in Spanish pronunciation and enough grammar to get a parent started. Spanish-language resources, kids' names in Spanish, and an easy-to-use index and glossary complete the book.

Take the Markses' advice and start talking to your kids in Spanish, even if it's not perfect. You'll learn the language together and share the excitement of discovering the peoples and cultures that make up the Spanish-speaking world.

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Would you like your children to grow up bilingual, even if you aren't yet? Then speak to your kids in Spanish as you learn the language along with them. Becoming a Bilingual Family gives English-speaking parents the tools to start speaking Spanish with their kids in their earliest years, when children are most receptive to learning lan...

Stephen Marks is Professor of Law at Boston University. He and his wife, Mary, have raised their three children, Olivia, Claire, and Saraí, to speak both English and Spanish. He and his family have traveled extensively and lived in Latin America and Spain.An advocate for bilingual-bicultural education with a professional career in lang...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:254 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.67 inPublished:January 30, 2013Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780292743632

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Table of Contents

The Journey to Bilingualism What This Book Is About . . . and Other Thoughts The Bilingual Home A Few Things about SpanishA Phrase Book for Talking to Kids How to Use This Phrase Book Getting Up, Getting Going Good Morning! The Weather Getting Dressed Accessories, Hair, and Makeup Moving About In the Bathroom Going to the Bathroom Brushing Teeth Bath and Body Feelings Where Does It Hurt? Emotions Family and Friends Family Describing People Visits and Sleepovers Our Animal Friends Behaving and Manners Getting Along Helping Out Talking on the Telephone Play, Preschool, and School Just Playing Drawing, Coloring, Cutting, and Pasting School and Extracurriculars Television, Movies, and Music Computers and the Internet Family Excursions Getting out the Door Car, Bus, Train, Plane Holidays In the Kitchen Cooking Mealtime Bedtime Goodnight! Storytime Especially for BabyA Quick Course in Spanish PronunciationGrammar Enough to Get You Started Numbers and Counting Nouns Adjectives Colors Possessives Demonstratives Comparatives and Superlatives Personal Pronouns (and the Personal a) Regular Verbs Irregular Verbs Compound Tenses Continuous Forms To Be or Not to Be (ser, estar) To Be or Not to Be (tener, hay) Commands Pronomial Verbs Forming Negatives Asking Questions Por and Para TimeSpanish Language ResourcesKid Names in SpanishIndex / Glossary