Which language is easy to learn? Spanish or English?

Well, while no language is simple to learn, those that are more closely related to your native language are certainly going to be easier to learn than ones that are not.

Learning a completely different writing system can also be a big challenge, though that does not necessarily make a language more difficult. Grammar and sentence structure can often play a larger role in difficulty.

Since it’s impossible to say with certainty that there is a language that qualifies as “most difficult”, See these statistics and rankings provided by the the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the US Department of State which are intended for native English speakers. They say Spanish is one of the easiest language to learn… Wow! It is very important if we (parents) are Spanish Native Speakers, to teach our children Spanish as well so they can be bilingual..

What is the hardest language?

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Is that true? Can we learn languages through music?

Learning Spanish through music will help you to learn faster. It is a fun way to learn.

Our brains are pattern seekers and they are attracted by rhyme & rhythm, movement and motion. The beat increases memory retention. (Fun way to learn…)

Music helps human beings not only remember but retain information for a longer time. You can learn anything easily at a higher speed if you have learned it through music. (Fun way to retain…)

We also learn by repetition, repeating the music tone and lyrics over and over help us to remember (Fun way to repeat..)

My husband learned Spanish at age 20 and he started with music, when I met him he knew Spanish fluently. He had all the Spanish CDs you can imagine. Yes, my favorite music CDs, he had them all, I did not need to buy more. In other hand I han a lot of CD’s in English, because I was trying to learn English as well.  When we had our daughters, we realized that to maintain the Spanish at home was not easy as we thought, we needed to make an effort. Music was always a great way to hear Spanish at home and in the car, of course :.)), Songbooks worked great for us, we sing to them from the songbooks and our children really loved that, mommy and daddy singing.. yes, the best fun of all!

To learn Spanish through music, you have many options to start with. There are lot of materials: CDs, DVDs, Songbooks, etc. at the web, Search around and you will find a lot of materials to start learning Spanish.

Give your children the gift of learning other language!

To help you a little bit in your search, these are great materials to listen and a songbook to sing, you can find them at Amazon or at their web-site: www.ninossabios.com
The Music CD : Learn Spanish By Singing  – Aprende Cantando.  (Link to Amazon):
The song book:  Learn By Singing – Aprende Cantando.

“Dual program” Empieza en Kindergarden.

Did you know? Tu sabias…

Que si no inscribes a tus niños empezando Kindergarden en el programa dual o de immersion (Dual Program or Immersion) la probablilidad que ingresen es muy poca. Por mi experiencia personal si estas interesado en que tus niños entren en un programa dual o de immersión, tienes que prepararte, encuentra el colegio que estas interesada, si tu niña tiene la edad de 5 años, está lista para Kindergarden, inscribela en varios colegios, es importante que asistas a las reuniones que se dan a principio de año. En muchos Estados, si no vas a esas reuniones es muy dificil que ingreses, por que todas las inscripciones y cupos se realizan en las reuniones. Luego las evaluan, si no alcanzas te colocan en lista de espera y las evaluan, de acuerdo al examen o preguntas que la profesora le realiza al alumno en Español e Ingles, depende como son los resultados, son colocados en la lista de espera, y pues bien si alguien se retira y tu estas en lista de espera tienes proababilidad de ingresar. Si no ingresan en Kindergarden, lo mismo sucede solo tienes la probabilidad que tus ninos ingresen si alguien se retira del colegio en el año que estas buscando, primer grado, segundo grado, etc.

Hay mas probabilidad de ingresar en Estados donde hay mas variedad y la gente se muda frecuentemente, en pequeños Estados es mas dificil por que la mayoria empieza en Kindergarden y permanecen en las clases hasta finalizar la secundaria.

En otros Paises donde existen programas duales como en Estados Unidos, también tienen el mismo procedimiento. En Peru por ejemplo programas duales Ingles-Español, Español – Alemán. Solo aceptan niños que empiezan en Inicial-Kindergarden. Y hay probabilidad en otros de ingresar en otros años, solo si algún alumno se retira.

Antes de Tomar una decisión averigua los programs duales o de immersion (Dual Program o Immersion Program) en tu Area/Estado/Pais

What are Dual and Immersion programs?

From my experience both mean the same thing. I have friends with kids in both programs in diferents states and they are exactly the same. Per definition this is what I found.

In dual language education programs, students are taught literacy and academic content in English and a partner language. The goals of dual language are for students to  develop high levels of language proficiency and literacy in both program languages, to demonstrate high levels of academic achievement, and to  develop  an appreciation for and an understanding of diverse cultures.

Two-way immersion (TWI) is a distinctive form of dual language education in which balanced numbers of native English speakers and native speakers of the partner language are integrated for instruction so that both groups of students serve in the role of language model and language learner at different times.

The structure of TWI programs varies, but they all  provide at least 50% of instruction in the partner language at all grade levels beginning in pre-K, Kindergarten, or first grade and running at least five years (preferably through Grade 12).

Dual program same as Immersion program

Boo! It took me some time to find out that IMMERSION is same as DUAL PROGRAM. Lucky you, if you did it first.

So depending on the state, it can be Immersion or Dual programs, so far I know these states very well.

Virginia: Immersion Programs

Texas: Dual programs

So if you are moving and you are interested in a bilingual education for your kids. Be sure you “Goggle” these two names to find schools in your area. Good luck

 

What is bilingual education?

Bilingual education involves teaching academic content in two languages, in a native and secondary language with varying amounts of each language used in accordance with the program model. The following are several different types of bilingual education program models:

  • Transitional Bilingual Education. This involves education in a child’s native language, typically for no more than three years, to ensure that students do not fall behind in content areas like math, science, and social studies while they are learning English. The goal is to help students transition to mainstream, English-only classrooms as quickly as possible, and the linguistic goal of such programs is English acquisition only.
  • Two-Way or Dual Language Immersion Bilingual Education. These programs are designed to help native and non-native English speakers become bilingual and biliterate. Ideally in such programs in a U.S. context, half of the students will be native speakers of English and half of the students will be native speakers of a minority language such as Spanish. Dual Language programs are less common in US schools, although research indicates they are extremely effective in helping students learn English well and aiding the long-term performance of English learners in school. Native English speakers benefit by learning a second language. English language learners (ELLs) are not segregated from their peers.
  • Another form of Bilingual Education is a type of Dual Language program that has students study in two different ways: 1) A variety of academic subjects are taught in the students’ second language, with specially trained bilingual teachers who can understand students when they ask questions in their native language, but always answer in the second language; and 2) Native language literacy classes improve students’ writing and higher-order language skills in their first language. Research has shown that many of the skills learned in the native language can be transferred easily to the second language later. In this type of program, the native language classes do not teach academic subjects. The second-language classes are content-based, rather than grammar-based, so students learn all of their academic subjects in the second language.

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Does music help kids to be bilingual?

Music is a fun way to learn another language, kids love to learn having fun.

There is also evidence of how effective the use of music can be in speech therapy. What are the components of music that help children increase in verbalizations, in prosody awareness, and in clarity of speech. 

Susanna Zaraysky, a famous polyglot author guides children learners into learning foreign languages by using music and media as learning tools. This covers the influence of TV, radio, film, and music in a comprehensive learning technique they can easily acquire. If children are unmotivated in their language class then this kind of method will encourage them to learn with fun and innovation.

According to Zaraysky, this kind of method is easy to attain even if parents don’t speak the foreign language their children are learning. This makes the influence of music and media an effective tool to learn foreign languages easier and more proficient. Even Susanna Zaraysky herself learned seven languages such as Russian, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian, and Italian through music, TV, radio, movies, and internet. She and the other learners proved that this kind of method is effective.

you can find a lovely songbook in Spanish at this web-site : “Aprende Cantando” songbook at www.ninossabios.com

And the Audio CD “Learn Spanish by singing” as well. http://www.ninossabios.com/Pages/Our%20Products.html

or at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/songs-Spanish-Aprende-Espanol-Cantando/dp/B003S92T54/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1306448835&sr=8-1

Buena suerte en el aprendizaje bilingue de tu nino!

Are Bilingual Kids Smart?

How the brain works.

Modern brain research is showing that bilingual children and adults have cognitive advantages that apply across the board, not just in language related tasks.

Being bilingual actually seems to structurally change the brain. Intellect is related to the density of the brain’s grey matter and brain imaging studies show that bilingual people have denser grey matter than monolinguals. The differences are most pronounced in the area of the left brain that controls language, but a similar trend is seen in the right hemisphere. The effect is more obvious the earlier that a second language was learned.

A brain scanning technique called functional magnetic resonance imaging has been used to study changes in the blood flow of bilinguals while they name objects or describe events in different languages. People who were bilingual from an early age rely on the same critical patch of brain cells for both languages. Those who learned a second language later in life recruit a different segment of the brain for their second language. Apparently children use parts of the brain that are no longer accessible in later life.

The Bilingual Brain

As scientists unlock more of the neurological secrets of the bilingual brain, they’re learning that speaking more than one language may have cognitive benefits that extend from childhood into old age.

if you want to find out more abut bilingual brains, you can visit this web-site:

http://www.sfn.org/index.aspx?pagename=brainbriefings_thebilingualbrain

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