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Spanish Workbook For Y7 Beginner?

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blueskysmiling Mon 22-Jul-19 10:38:45

Can anyone recommend a fun workbook, similar to the DuoLingo app that my 11 year old could take on holiday? We're pretty much electronics-free on holiday (2 weeks won''t kill us, right?!), so wanted an actual physical book she can write in on the flight or by the pool. She only knows the very basics but will be doing Spanish in Y7 when she starts high school in September.

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Alsoplayspiccolo Mon 22-Jul-19 10:53:11

CGP books are good.

blueskysmiling Mon 22-Jul-19 11:31:06

Thank you. My eldest had this one to support the Spanish he was already doing in Y8 & 9 at high school (great for that), but it's a bit dull for by the pool. She'll be floating face-down after a few pages of that.

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BillieEilish Mon 22-Jul-19 11:39:47

Does she speak any Spanish? I ask as my DD is 11 and is Spanish, so my advice is limited to that and years previous. I obviously ordered hundreds of books off Amazon in my time! But heap practise books available everywhere here.

What academic age of Spanish is she at? Is she a complete beginner? 3 years? 5 years? etc...

From a very cheap shop here, for example, I would be happy to post you a few 'throw away' Spanish exercise books (they cost literally 1 or 2 euros!) The problem is, it is all cursive writing, that is how they are taught to write here... I hate it!

blueskysmiling Mon 22-Jul-19 11:59:21

No, she's almost complete beginner - knows only greetings, months, days, colours and can count - just what I taught her.

That's really kind of you, but I'm happy to just grab one from Amazon - just a case of which one, so it doesn't feel like boring homework!

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PenguinsRabbits Mon 22-Jul-19 14:42:51

My two both do French and use a Pearson book in school, Spanish equivalent appears to be this:

www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk/secondary/ModernLanguages/Spanish11-14/viva-ks3/viva-ks-3-spanish.aspx

clary Tue 23-Jul-19 00:24:28

Just to say, there will be no expectation of proficiency in Spanish when she starts year 7. The teacher will start from scratch as many students will have done no Spanosh. You know your dd best - if she has done some basics, will she be bored or bolstered to do it all again?

blueskysmiling Tue 23-Jul-19 14:42:58

Thanks so much. I will pass that on to her - I'm sure it will help ease her mind.

She is feeling a bit apprehensive about going to a selective school with girls that she she thinks might be very much cleverer that her.
Whilst I very much doubt this is the case, I know it will make her more confident all round if she knows a little of the subjects she has not encountered before.

She's also very keen that her brain doesn't turn to jelly during the 6 week hols!!

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Percypigsareyummy Thu 25-Jul-19 01:38:27

Please don’t let your daughter worry about having to learn Spanish in preparation for year 7. My son is at a selective school and commenced year 7 having no Spanish knowledge (had learnt French from Year 1). He has loved it and done really well in the subject this year. Your daughter will hopefully enjoy it too.

BillieEilish Thu 25-Jul-19 09:56:21

Honestly, the sooner you start, the better. Even just what she is doing now, 'hola', colours, days of the week etc

After 5 the brain develops very differently language wise if it has not already been trained that way. (Teacher)

Percy Your DS does well in languages as he learned French from year 1. It makes it a lot easier for him to learn a new language.

My DD (11) speaks several languages because she was exposed from day 1.

BillieEilish Thu 25-Jul-19 10:01:13

OP, from experience, just really work on her confidence with the language so she feels good about what she does know, then she'll come on leaps and bounds, promise smile

She'll feel confident in lessons and be more open to trying it all out when she starts term. Good Luck!

Numbers would be good, colours, days of the week, months and a few phrases. Just concentrate on the very basics.

wowfudge Thu 25-Jul-19 10:07:01

A pictorial dictionary could be useful for vocab. A good vocabulary takes years to develop.

blueskysmiling Thu 25-Jul-19 10:20:55

Oh thank you for that. I'm glad your son is enjoying it too.

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blueskysmiling Thu 25-Jul-19 10:23:08

Thanks all. It's great to hear your experiences.

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concernedforthefuture Thu 25-Jul-19 21:28:57

Here are a few suggestions;

https://www.little-linguist.co.uk/carol-vorderman-10-minutes-a-day-spanish.html

https://www.little-linguist.co.uk/carol-vorderman-spanish-made-easy.html

https://www.little-linguist.co.uk/practise-learn-spanish-ages-9-11.html

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