That's about the extent of my Spanish, sadly. And I learned it from Dora the Explorer. I used to know more Spanish, but my kids are now six and eight, so we haven't watched (or read) any Dora or Diego in a while...
Thus, I can safely say Gwyneth Paltrow's kids, Apple, 9, and Moses, 7, know a lot more Spanish than I do. In fact, Gwyneth has made a point of raising her children to be cultured and sophisticated individuals. So, it's no surprise she's encouraging them to be bilingual. And her teaching strategy, as revealed in the latest issue of Us Weekly, is to communicate with them only in Spanish.
This interesting tidbit was discovered at a wedding at Cameron Diaz's house back in October, which Gwyneth and the kids attended.
"Gwyneth reminded them [to] through the party," a witness at the wedding tells Us.
"At one point," the witness continued, "Apple came to her table and asked, in Spanish, if she could sit on her lap!"
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Indeed, more and more parents are teaching their kids to be bilingual, and of course, this often involves communicating with your child in the second language. So, there are no criticisms here of Gwyneth's strategy whatsoever. Indeed, there's no better way to learn a language!
Is this something you're doing with your kids? Does it involve speaking together in a second language constantly?
My kids are currently learning Hebrew once a week, and my oldest will be starting French next year. I used to be relatively fluent in both those languages, and I'm looking forward to relearning them with my kids. (Note: This doesn't mean we'll be speaking French or Hebrew at Bar Mitzvahs or weddings anytime soon; sighh, I'll never be as dedicated as Gwynnie...)
But, my son and I do have a secret sign language we share. It doesn't make us worldly, alas, but it keeps us close.
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