Useful parent information:

Dear Parents:

Many parents in the past have said, “I’d love to help my son/daughter study Spanish, but I don't speak a word of it."  If this fits you, I have some suggestions. Some specifically relate to Spanish and others are more general but very useful.

  • Students need a permanent, quiet place to study.
  • Students need to STUDY daily (not just do homework). Cramming doesn’t work because Spanish is cumulative.  (This may surprise some students who have previously been very successful without much studying.)
  • Encourage studying during those little lost moments of time such as: waiting for the dentist, in the car, during a game, five minutes before bed, etc.
  • Help your student practice using some of the activities I have included in this    handout. Many can be done with a partner who does not need to know Spanish.
  • Encourage, beg, plead with your student to do other activities listed such as checking out library materials in Spanish, calling his/her classmates, etc.

I enjoy your children and look forward to working with them and you this year.  If you have any questions, please call or send an e-mail message.  My phone number is (425)408-7478.  My e-mail address is

Sra. Olson


  1. Tape record yourself speaking the language.  Then replay it and listen for any errors and re-do it. You can use anything to record (textbook, etc.).
  2. Check out tapes, children’s books and C.D.s from the public library and listen to them often.
  3. Get a friend who speaks the language and talk to them, regularly.
  4. Call your classmates regularly and talk to them in Spanish.
  5. Go to restaurants where they use Spanish and use what you can.


  1. Use notecards - MAKE SURE that the words are correctly spelled.  A partner can quiz you with your notecards.
  2. Write and re-write the words till you get it (the folded paper method).
  3. Keep a few cards taped up (in your room, bathroom or somewhere you will see them daily) until you spell them correctly.  Then tape new ones up.
  4. Use the alphabet pronunciation to help you remember how to spell the words.


  1. Carry flash cards with you everywhere!!
    Have a partner quiz you or quiz yourself.
    Flashcard suggestions:
    • Spanish word/phrase on one side - English on the other
    • A picture on one side and the Spanish word on the other     (pictures can be drawn or cut from magazines etc.)
    • Verbs - put the infinitive form on one side and the conjugations
           on the other OR do type a) or b)
    • Group similar types of words together, color code them, etc.
    • Make a game of it.
  2. Label things in your home with their Spanish name or an activity you associate with them.  Make large enough to see from a distance.
  3. Make five columns on a paper.  Fill the first with Spanish and the second with the English translations.  Fold the Spanish to the back (hidden) and translate from English to Spanish in the third column.  Repeat.

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