For my Languages Badge, I learnt some Spanish from my Mum and google translate. I also used an app on my Dad’s tablet. My Mum is a really good Spanish teacher because she studied the language at university.
What did you find most difficult?
In Spanish, double ‘ll’, makes a ‘y’ sound and sometimes when I’m reading Spanish out loud to my mum, I say a word with ‘ll’ I forget to say it with a ‘y’ sound.
How did you feel about learning Spanish?
It was quite fun because in Spanish some words are really fun to say. It was also very useful because I can talk to my mum sometimes in Spanish and my brother wouldn't know what I was talking about.
Have you used Spanish since?
Yes! I have been quizzing my family on Spanish ever since I did my languages badge and my dad is reasonably good because he knows a bit of Spanish like me, my brother is not very good at all and my Mum is brilliant at it.
How will you use Spanish in the future?
If I go to Spain again I’ll be able to understand more of what people were saying, and maybe talk to them too. In London, we have neighbours who speak Spanish that I can talk to too!
What are your favourite words and why?
I love saying the word ‘naranjas’, which means ‘oranges’ in Spanish. Instead of the ‘j’ making a ‘j’ sound, it makes a ‘h’ sound so it sounds like naranhas. I also like the word ‘niña’, which means ‘girl’ in Spanish. You emphasize the ‘ñ’.
What’s the best thing about learning a different language?
When you go to a country and the people are speaking a different language it can be very confusing so it is good to know what people are talking about. Learning a new language challenges yourself and also it helps you find words you love to say and you can learn about the interesting culture too!