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Spanish Speaking. Zoeyy Due January 14 (girl); 1 child; York, Pennsylvania 81 posts
Jun 14th '13

Okay, so I am almost 9 weeks pregnant with my first child. My boyfriend and father of the baby is Latino (Puerto Rican) my only dilemma about all this is his Mom, Grandma, and a couple of his family members ONLY speak Spanish. Now of course he is all about teaching are new child Spanish. But, with me only speaking English I already feel uncomfortable that I might not know what my child is saying.. I don't know if just over reacting? Should I learn Spanish?

Rain (aka Mama) 3 kids; Monroe, Georgia 6487 posts
Jun 14th '13

I think you should.



Your child should be in touch with both of their cultures, which means learning Spanish so they can communicate with the other half of their family. And you should learn at least some, so you can too.

Mama J♡ Due February 24 (boy); 3 kids; Arizona 3116 posts
Jun 14th '13

Dont worry, Im sure you will learn with your child as well.
I Speak both, and all three of my kids are bilingual.
Kids are very smart if they see you don't undestand what they're telling you in one language they will say it in the other!,
My husband is learning with our kids.

Zoeyy Due January 14 (girl); 1 child; York, Pennsylvania 81 posts
Jun 14th '13
Quoting Rain (aka Mama):" I think you should. Your child should be in touch with both of their cultures, which means learning ... [snip!] ... Spanish so they can communicate with the other half of their family. And you should learn at least some, so you can too. "

Yeah, I've already learned a little just from being around his family and working.. I work at Chipotle! haha. But, no I agree completely that my child should understand both cultures and be able to communicate with both side of the family, look like I'm buying Rosetta Stone! ;)

Zoeyy Due January 14 (girl); 1 child; York, Pennsylvania 81 posts
Jun 14th '13
Quoting Mama J♡:" Dont worry, Im sure you will learn with your child as well. I Speak both, and all three of my kids are ... [snip!] ... don't undestand what they're telling you in one language they will say it in the other!, My husband is learning with our kids."

I know kids are like little sponges! I think I was just over thinking this a little too much but, how's your hubby doing with it? Just curious.

K and N TTC since Nov 2012; 2 kids; Denver City, Texas 1890 posts
Jun 14th '13

I think you should, so that you can communicate with your SO's family in their nativ tongue... I also think they should learn English.

Mama J♡ Due February 24 (boy); 3 kids; Arizona 3116 posts
Jun 14th '13
Quoting Zoeyy:" I know kids are like little sponges! I think I was just over thinking this a little too much but, how's your hubby doing with it? Just curious."


He's always been very open minded about our kids learning two languages, He knows it will open many doors of opportunities when they are older. As of learning the language for him it's been okay, i mean he can hold a little conversation with my parents now, I can honestly say his spanish is improving as my kids keep learning new words.

Zoeyy Due January 14 (girl); 1 child; York, Pennsylvania 81 posts
Jun 14th '13
Quoting Kacti:" I think you should, so that you can communicate with your SO's family in their nativ tongue... I also think they should learn English."

His grandma is a 74 year old women so I feel like asking her to try to learn English I'll get looked at like I have 3 heads or something. But, his mom has lived her for over 12 years and knows no English. I can keep little conversation in Spanish the basics but I do want to be able to maybe communicate fluently.. One day!

Zoeyy Due January 14 (girl); 1 child; York, Pennsylvania 81 posts
Jun 14th '13
Quoting Mama J♡:" He's always been very open minded about our kids learning two languages, He knows it will open many ... [snip!] ... hold a little conversation with my parents now, I can honestly say his spanish is improving as my kids keep learning new words."

I'm open minded about it also. My SO has to be a translator to his mom, and grandma when we are having a conversation. I give him props. I can also keep tiny conversations in Spanish.. and also say a whole burrito line in Spanish just from working at chipotle. haha. Thanks for the advice!

Zoeyy Due January 14 (girl); 1 child; York, Pennsylvania 81 posts
Jun 14th '13
Quoting J+K= Bri+ baby boy:):" I don't think it would hurt to learn, it will help you out and your little one. And holy crap you live close to me!:)"

Haha. Yeah, I'm just going to learn it! & I just looked to see where you live! We are pretty close!

Destinite 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Paradise, FL, United States 34631 posts
Jun 14th '13

Get a Rosetta Stone program & try to learn the language. I think Spanish is fairly easy to learn for the most part. Granted, my grandmother is 100% Spaniard and I took classes all 4 years of high school.

Zoeyy Due January 14 (girl); 1 child; York, Pennsylvania 81 posts
Jun 14th '13
Quoting Destinite:" Get a Rosetta Stone program & try to learn the language. I think Spanish is fairly easy to learn ... [snip!] ... fairly easy to learn for the most part. Granted, my grandmother is 100% Spaniard and I took classes all 4 years of high school."

I used to always joke about getting Rosetta Stone. Now since I have a reason I might as well embrace it. Sounds good to me.

Destinite 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Paradise, FL, United States 34631 posts
Jun 14th '13
Quoting Zoeyy:" I used to always joke about getting Rosetta Stone. Now since I have a reason I might as well embrace it. Sounds good to me."


Good luck! My bff's husband (he is my Dh's bff too) was over at my house doing his Rosetta Stone. It was funny because I was answering right along with him. He looked at me and said "Jessica, you really know your Spanish!" lol



Zoeyy Due January 14 (girl); 1 child; York, Pennsylvania 81 posts
Jun 14th '13
Quoting Destinite:" Good luck! My bff's husband (he is my Dh's bff too) was over at my house doing his Rosetta Stone. It ... [snip!] ... funny because I was answering right along with him. He looked at me and said "Jessica, you really know your Spanish!" lol "

Haha. That's going to be me and my SO! I'm going to look into it right now! Thanks for the advice mama. :)

user banned 1 child; Golden, Colorado 28482 posts
Jun 14th '13

Kids brains are wired for language. It is almost second nature to learn a second, or even third, or heck, a fourth language as a baby/child. Did you know that the older we get, the harder a language is to learn? The tone/inflections of each language comes easy too, but as you get older you learn the easy nature of the language. Have your child learn both... it will not confuse a child to learn more than one language, it actually strengthens their brain. They adapt to the situation too, so you don't have to worry about them not understanding you.



Seriously, it not only physically strengthens the brain, it raises IQ, and our brains are not really wired to learn one language, we are wired to learn multiple languages.