LEARN SPANISH FOR KIDS
Top 20 Important Words that any Child Should Learn in Spanish
With only few words and phrases your child will easily make a lot of new friends. Yes, you must have noticed that kids make friends quickly. Many times they do not even need language to do it, however knowing some phrases will definitely help the task. But why learn Spanish for kids?
It is quite easy to learn and gives your child endless opportunities for the future. There are other more crucial reasons that should be revealed. Our children are born into an intercultural and interconnected world, which means that from their birth they should be able to interact with people from different nationalities and understand their cultural context. We call this being a “Well Rounded Individual”, which will help them enormously in their future to understand the world we live in and to interact in society in a useful way allowing for responsibility, resilience, and resourcefulness.
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
– Nelson Mandela
“Learning Spanish at a young
age broadens horizons in
daily interactions with others”
Hola = Hello / Adiós = Goodbye
Let’s start from greetings. Acquiring a new language often begins with simple, obvious words. An “Hola” or “Adiós” will be a great start and will help your child to greet the new student, their hispanic teacher, or your neighbor in Spanish.
Sí = Yes / No = No
Also, a way to agree or disagree is very important. These words are simple, one syllable words that will not sound to foreign to your child.
Por favor = Please / Gracias = Thank you
All kids should learn how to say “please” and “thank you” since these words reinforce good manners. It’s easy to find ways to use these basic Spanish words in everyday situations.
Mucho gusto or Encantado = Nice to meet you
To be able to play with children from Hispanic origin, your child should first learn how to greet them properly. Sometimes the simple “hello” is not enough, so to extend the greeting and make it more polite use the phrases above.
Buen provecho = Enjoy your meal
Usually said by parents at a meal. At this time your child will be able to wish it to all the participants at the table.
In the same way that a “Welcome” sign makes you feel invited, the Spanish word “Bienvenidos” has the same meaning and can be used at the children’s party or at the playground.
Lo siento = I’m sorry
Children can sometimes make a mistake. Knowing how to apologize is very useful when children play together and can be a fun way to avoid hurt feelings.
¿Cómo estás? = How are you?
“How are you?” is one of the most important phrases in every language because by asking that question you make another person feel that you care. The general answer to that could be – Estoy bien = I’m fine.
¿Cómo te llamas? / Yo me llamo = What is your name? / My name is
Each friendship begins with learning the name of another person. With this phrase, your child will be able to gain more connections and extend his friend list.
Me Gusta = I like / No me Gusta = I don’t like
These two Spanish phrases are extremely useful when it comes to learning Spanish vocabulary for kids. Me gusta(n) ___, literally means “___ is pleasing to me,” but in English it’s translated as, “I like”.
This simple phrase will help your child meet new friends and experience new activities. Children do not waste much time on formalities so with this phrase they can jump right to the point, in order to get down to the important stuff.
Un amigo = A friend
A good friend is as almost as important as a family member. This word will be very useful in many occasions, especially at school.
¿Cuántos años tienes? = How old are you?
The age does not matter as long as both kids have fun playing. Nevertheless, one of the first questions kids usually ask each other is regarding their age.
La escuela = School
You know that place you love and hate, where you make friends, have new experiences and learn something new every day? It all happens in school or “la escuela”.
If you notice that your child becomes interested in learning new words and phrases, think of further opportunities for them to advance their language level. For instance, you can give a try to Kids’ Club Spanish School, where we offer opportunities for kids to learn Spanish in a fun, dynamic way with many different teachers from various Spanish speaking countries across the globe.
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