I mentioned earlier this week that Jacob suddenly started talking last weekend.
What I didn't mention is that everything he says is in English
which would be perfectly fine if I didn't speak in Spanish to him all day.
Why? I was born in Costa Rica and lived there until I was 9.
My dad lives there. My mom speaks mostly Spanish.
I have grandparents, a large handful of aunts and uncles
and dozens of cousins still in Costa Rica.
Jacob being bilingual is just something Phil and I decided was necessary for in his life.
Not to mention it will give him an advantage later on in life
whether he decides to be a priest, a plumber, or a CEO.
Being bilingual opens lots of doors in your life. I know that from first hand experience.
Earlier this week, when Jacob started saying "It's mine" "It's daddy's" "It's mama's" etc.
I was seriously disillusioned.
I mean his first word was "gracias"
He started giving kisses when we requested "besos"
but his first sentences were in English.
Did I fail? Did I not do it right?
I thought maybe it was impossible to teach a kid spanish in America
especially when his father doesn't speak the language nearly at all.
But Phil reminded me it's not.
One- exposure is key. He's definitely hearing it.
Two- he understands everything. He might not be saying things in Spanish, but when I tell him to get something or do something in Spanish... he does it. I mean the normal level of toddler defiance still applies but for the most part he follows directions in Spanish.
Furthermore, his vocabulary comprehension is pretty good. I'm talking animals, vehicles, etc.
When we ask "donde esta ____?" he points to the right things in the books.
So I have not despaired.
I just have to keep working at it.
Reminding myself to speak in Spanish because it's worth it in the end.
Are there any skills you are trying to instill in your kids from a young age?