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Repitition

You may think that repetition, repeating the same idea or fact   once or several times is boring or tedious, but in language learning, it is de rigueur!

Do you have a baby in the house, or if you have children, do you remember how they started speaking? My granddaughter is 18 months old, and she does a lot of babbling. We can’t understand most of it.  It sounds like she’s asking a questions, because her voice goes up at the end, but we don’t know what she’s saying. Maybe she does!

She knows the words,” hi”, “baba”, meaning “bottle”, “Dada” and “birdie”, because there is a bird feeder right outside the kitchen. She doesn’t quite have the pronunciation, but she’ll get it right in time.

In other subjects like science or math, you have time to think before you apply some information that you have studied. With language, you must speak at the rate that you think. That means that the language should be set inside your brain so that you can retrieve it automatically, almost without thinking. Of course, when we are learning a language (and I’m learning Japanese), that’s not the case!

In ¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Spanish, the activities are designed to encourage repetition. That’s the thinking behind the activity “Expresión Diaria Daily Expression”, where kids try to use the same expression in appropriate situations as many times as they can in one day.

Try saying “¡Qué mono! (m) or  ¡Qué mona!(f)” (How cute/ pretty!) as many times as you can in one day. That expression will be yours!