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Language learning is a pretty big priority in the Maman Loup household. Cub is already bilingual, speaking English with me and our family on the west coast, while speaking French with his Papa and his Papa’s family, as well as at Day Care.
It just so happens that Papa Wolf and I met in Spanish class (in Montreal, where I was working on my French.) We both studied our third language extensively in university and Papa Wolf even lived in Spain for a year on exchange. (Our relationship has survived some pretty significant long-distance romance patches.)
Before I stopped teaching to be a Mom and (unexpectedly) blogger, I taught high school Spanish. Because I only started learning Spanish when I entered university, one of my main “learn Spanish fast” techniques was listening to music. Thanks to Shakira and Juanes, I was able to immerse myself in the language to the best of my ability outside of the classroom.
If I have one wish for Cub (okay, I obviously have more than one) it would be for him to arrive at university already tri-lingual. While I spent my Bachelor’s degree mastering French and Spanish, I’d love for him to get there already at ease in these languages and thus able to pursue an entirely different course of study.
Cub has enjoyed Whistlefritz’s French learning products immensely, so we were eager to introduce him to Spanish for the first time using this familiar resource. The songs on ¡Sabor! are almost all the same as on his French CD, but sung in Spanish. He was immediately busting a move to the familiar tunes.
I think that as he becomes more conscious of language, he’ll enjoy knowing the lyrics to some of these songs in both Spanish and French, and being able to make connections between the words. If he shares his parents’ fascination and passion for language, he’ll love to think about language, and share his observations with us.
Montreal has a vibrant Spanish-speaking community, so it won’t be long before he’ll be exposed to the language “in real life.” The earlier he is exposed to the sounds and rhythms of español, the more likely he will be able to speak it fluently as an adult. I feel like we’re both “exercising” our brains when we listen to ¡Sabor!
Even if you don’t speak any Spanish, you’ll still enjoy learning and singing along with your kids. We all know that children’s songs get stuck in our heads. I figure if it’s going to happen anyway, the songs may as well be useful. Having had song lyrics pop into my head when searching for a piece of vocabulary or grammar in French or Spanish, I can promise that you can definitely learn a bit of language just by singing along!
¡Sabor!’s tracks are simple, catchy, upbeat and repetitive. The CD insert contains the lyrics and translations of all songs.
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