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Tips in Learning a Second Language

Taking the leap to learn another language can be a difficult one. It involves selecting the proper program regardless of age group. Adults that want to continue learning a second language need a different curriculum than preschoolers or young children. Adolescents and young adults need different parameters and reading materials. As a matter of fact, it also involves a notion of what you want out of…

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Fun ways to use a flannel board to learn Spanish shapes and vocabulary

Flannel boards are great learning tools to use for storytelling. But it can also be used for displaying new vocabulary and shapes. It is so versatile that no homeschool classroom or preschool class can be without one. When using a flannel board, educators or parents can use very simple materials to make one. You can use a 11×6 inches board, which can easily fit in…

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Why being bilingual can improve language learning?

Is being bilingual in diverse languages, besides the native one, an excellent way to improve your brain skills? The way you integrate language is a fantastic process. Children, younger than 3 years old, acquire words in many different languages. “The brain has a perfectly good system whose job it is to do just that – it’s the executive control system. It focuses attention on what’s…

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Five useful tips to select a good reference book

When you decide to take the big leap to start learning Spanish or even refresh a few words or phrases, how do you go about selecting the right tools to do so? When selecting Spanish reference books, you may want to consider a few features. Ask yourself, what is it that I want this book or software to help me with? Do I want easy on-the-go…

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Learning Spanish grammar for beginners: 3 key punctuation and gender points

In learning Spanish grammar, have you noticed the different signs in Spanish such as questions marks, (¿?) and exclamation marks, (¡!), which appear at the beginning and end of questions or exclamations. These are used to either ask a question or express a concern. How are question and exclamation marks used in Spanish grammar? Let’s see how we use them: Can you please pass the salt? ¿Me…

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Learning Spanish diphthongs: Strong and weak vowel formation

When learning Spanish as a second language, it is often unanticipated how to pronounce certain vowel combinations. Spanish grammatical rules indicate that diphthongs are essential in pronunciation and reading. But what are diphthongs in understanding Spanish? Diphthongs are combinations of two vowels that can sounds almost as one. It is best defined as …known as a gliding vowel, refers to two adjacent vowel sounds occurring…

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Spanish children books to learn new vocabulary

Reference books are wonderful learning tools for any learner in Spanish. Not only are picture dictionaries educational, but also they are great books to incorporate reading. Beginning readers in Spanish can find picture wordbooks an excellent source of vocabulary. Building a vocabulary is essential in learning a new language. What are some picture books adequate for preschoolers or beginners in Spanish? Picture dictionaries or wordbooks…

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Spanish nursery rhymes: Learning basic numbers and sequence

Counting with those tiny little fingers can be one way to educate children about numbers. But, when numbers and nursery rhymes are combined, they make counting a different experience for children. When learning Spanish numbers and sequence, children can have fun reciting classic nursery rhymes. Whether counting forwards or backwards, it is a great way to teach children the basics of number order. How can…

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Reading for kids: Audiobooks as language learning tools

It is not easy for educators to hear students say, “I don’t like to read” or “I think reading is boring”. But these statements are very common among students that are struggling with reading and language. Yet, there are some tools that can help. Many educators motivate them to read books at their interest level or get them involve in other reading activities. However, audiobooks are…

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