It is increasingly common for children to mix with different nationalities at school, opening their eyes to many different languages and cultures. Some of these children may speak English whilst others might only just be learning their new language; whatever level they are at, being able to say a few words in their native language is a great way to make the child feel welcome and for your child to practise the language with a native speaker.
Below are some expressions that your child can use to strike up a conversation with a Spanish class-mate. In future the children could even start an ‘intercambio’, whereby two children of different nationalities spend 15 or 30 minutes talking in one language before switching to the other – a great opportunity to immerse themselves briefly yet completely in the other language.
With children picking up languages more quickly and easily than adults, any opportunity like this should be embraced – your child will be left with the gift of a second language, an awareness of other cultures and of course potential new friends!
|Spanish Expression||English Meaning|
|Hola, me llamo ______||Hello, my name is ______|
|¿De dónde eres?||Where are you from?|
|Soy de Londres / Nueva York||I am from London / New York|
|Hablo un poco de español||I speak a little Spanish|
|Tengo siete / ocho / nueve / diez años||I am 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 years old|
|Vivo con mis padres y mi hermano/a||I live with my parents and my brother/sister|
|Tengo una mascota||I have a pet|
|Me gusta jugar al fútbol / andar en bicicleta||I like to play football / ride my bike|
|¿Quieres jugar conmigo / con nosotros?||Do you want to play with me / us?|
|¿Quieres venir a mi fiesta de cumpleaños?||Do you want to come to my birthday party?|
Cactus runs after-school Spanish courses for children aged 7-15 years in London and Brighton. Spanish evening courses for adults are also available in 19 locations across the UK. At beginner level, all courses will cover Spanish introductions as well as practical conversational skills.