Spanish at Home - Aprendemos en familia 1st Edition
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- Paperback : 60 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1983784613
- Item Weight : 7.8 ounces
- Product Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.15 x 11 inches
- ISBN-13 : 978-1983784613
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st Edition (January 11, 2018)
- Language: : English
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- #2,436 in Spanish Language Instruction (Books)
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It saved me a lot of time trying to find something similar on internet, good value.
I am firmly in the second category, and thus in many ways, this book is a disappointment, not so much because of what it contains, but because of unfulfilled potential, especially considering its relatively high price (currently about $10 US).
First, while much of the material in this book is useful and interesting, most if not all of it could have been gleaned from several of the excellent blogs promoting Spanish-English bilingualism, including what the authors themselves have published online for free. This book is best seen as a primer designed for someone who is just starting a bilingual journey, but not as a manual that would serve as a reference for someone who has already invested significant time in finding bilingual resources.
Second, from the perspective of a relatively advanced student of Spanish, this book feels like a wasted opportunity. The “most natural” ways of speaking Spanish around the world differ dramatically, and many simple words used in Mexico would never be used in Spain, for example, or vice versa. A book written by three authors from three major regions of the Spanish-speaking world seems like the perfect resource to learn more about these differences – and yet only about 20 English words and phrases are given this treatment.
Instead, the vast majority of English words that are translated into Spanish have only a single translation. Often this is fine, but when the word “blocks” is translated only as “bloques” and not “tacos” or “cubos,” the reader is left to wonder how complete the translations are for other words. “It’s your turn” is translated only as “es tu turno,” but not “te toca.” In other cases, multiple options are given, but the corresponding regions are not. For the word “hello” when answering the phone, we see “Bueno,” “Hola,” and “Diga,” but no indication that a Mexican would say “Bueno.” Similarly, for “peas,” we see “chícharos” and “guisantes” (“arvejas” is missing), and it’s not clear that most Mexicans would prefer "chícharos."
Other minor annoyances are that I would have like to have seen more activity ideas and a more detailed list of book recommendations. The authors could have briefly described why they like each book, or perhaps what a child could be expected to learn from each one (e.g., La Oruga Hambrienta – colors, foods, counting, days of the week, lifecycle of a caterpillar), but instead we have just a bare list and readers must do their own research.
Thus while I find this book potentially helpful for someone new to bilingualism who has no idea where to start or what resources are out there, its usefulness and value is limited for others.
To conclude, here’s a summary of what you’ll find in the book:
A brief defense of non-native second language use from an early age
A few recommended music artists from Mexico, Argentina, and Spain
Lyrics to several popular children’s songs from each of the three countries, including birthday songs
Six activities for 0-3 years, plus 11 games (with several vocabulary words for each one)
Seven activities for 4-6 years, plus 8 games (with several vocabulary words for each one)
Recipes for traditional dishes (4 each from Spain, Argentina, and Mexico)
List of recommended books, split between 0-3 years and 4-6 years
List of recommended Spanish apps and software for children
List of recommended blogs and websites
Comparison of the Spanish words used in Mexico, Argentina, and Spain to translate about 20 English words and phrases.