November 9, 2010 9:45 AM Subscribe
Help me refresh my Spanish at the same time that my 8 month old acquires it. Where can we watch Spanish-language cartoons online?
posted by 256 to writing & language (7 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
After college I spent a winter working in Mexico. By the time I left the country, I had a decent functional (though not conversational) command of the language. But that was six years ago. My Spanish has through disuse atrophied considerably. I find that I can read with pretty good comprehension (though slowly) and I can express myself clumsily, but I can't do more than pick out a word here and there when I hear someone speaking Spanish on the street.
My daughter is eight months old and has progressed from constant random babbling to more intentional utterances and occasional mimicry. It seems like if we want her to acquire a second language naturally, we need to start soon.
The plan is to restrict her television time to Spanish language programs only, but Netflix doesn't seem to offer streaming in Spanish. I know I could request multi-language DVDs from them, but experience has shown that I'm simply unable to keep a physical Netflix queue going without losing the discs, forgetting to return them, or forgetting to add new DVDs to my queue. Is there anywhere online that we can watch Spanish-language cartoons (either originally Spanish, or dubbed). Ideally, they would subtitled in English to help me stay up to speed.
Or any other suggestions for ways to help my refresh my Spanish at the same time as she acquires hers? I know that if I can get comfortable enough in the language to speak to her in it regularly around the house, then it'll greatly help her learn. I have a pretty low tolerance for other new parents, so I'd rather avoid any sort of organised play-group type activities for the time being.
Oh, and I know about Dora the Explorer but, unless you can find me the Spanish language version somewhere, it really seems to be aimed at building a small Spanish vocabulary for monolingual children rather than encouraging bilingualism