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Second languages for tots without native speaking parents.

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BabydollsMum Tue 25-Sep-12 21:22:03

DP and I used to work in Spain quite a bit and have designs to move over there one day. DD's 19 months and although she has no contact with any real native Spanish speakers she does watch a LOT of Dora the Explorer. blush

To our shock, the other day she was playing with her bricks when she started to count: uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco - accent absolutely down pat and I swear I haven't taught her this. (I know a little Spanish but I've never spoken it to her.)

I really want to encourage her and I'm dead jealous of people with bilingual kids - I think it really sets them up for life. Any ideas in terms of classes for toddlers? Any experience of this? I feel like she just needs to be around somebody quite a bit who'll only speak to her in Spanish. Either that or I'm going to have to get better myself!

Mono1 Tue 25-Sep-12 22:32:21

Where are you based? I know that our past nanny (Spanish) now runs toddler classes in Spanish in north and central London. I could get the details if that'd help.

BabydollsMum Wed 26-Sep-12 09:53:31

Ooh that sounds very interesting. Thanks! We're in SE London so the central London one might be doable.

Mono1 Thu 27-Sep-12 14:04:51

I've not forgotten about you! I did text our old nanny for details but still dont have a reply. I will let you know as soon as I hear from her.

BabydollsMum Fri 28-Sep-12 09:33:56

Great. Thanks!

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