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September 22nd, 2011 at 5:01 am

Expose Your Children to Spanish Through Music

When people find out I write a blog about raising bilingual and bicultural children, they always want tips for exposing their children – and themselves – to as much Spanish as possible.

I’m always quick to point out that using media the proper way can be an incredibly useful way to expose children to their minority language, especially when it comes to music. I’ve yet to meet one single child who doesn’t care for rhythms and beats. And the best part about children’s music is that it can be quite repetitive, which is great for language learning.

Before we started SpanglishBaby two and a half years ago, I remember looking online for children’s songs in Spanish and not finding much. The options I had back then were making sure I stocked up on Spanish CDs when I went back home to Peru or when someone traveled to a Spanish-speaking country and buying the three CDs available online, which I promptly did.

But things have definitely changed since then! While YouTube is nothing new, its repertoire of Spanish music for children has definitely exploded in the last few years. Just do a search for Spanish children’s music. Pandora is another awesome option and the best part of these two choices is that they are totally free! We’ve also put together a nice compilation of children’s Spanish music, as well as that embedded with Spanish words, on our online store, La Tiendita.

The awesome thing about music, though, is that it doesn’t really need to be for children in order to use it to expose your kids to Spanish. There are many options in the genre of pop or Spanish rock which would be a great addition to your own repertoire, including Shakira, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias and Juanes, to name a few. One you definitely want to check out is Prince Royce and his rendition of Stand by Me.

Photo credit: basykes

Roxana A. Soto is the Editorial Director of SpanglishBaby and she also writes for Moms Clean Air ForcePulso VerdeNew Futuro and Fox News Latino



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