Why yes, I do have manners, gracias.
A great approach to find out more about other languages and cultures is learning about greetings and customs. What better way to incorporate a second language into your day than to learn to say 'hello' and 'goodbye' or 'please' and 'thank you' in another language?
When I was a teacher, I got into the habit and still say 'yes, please' in daily interactions. I had to model what I wanted to teach my students. Once the students got some manners down in English, I would start to incorporate other languages into our day. They loved it and would surprise me by saying 'sí, por favor' and 'no, gracias' during meal times. After I subbed at the 'Había Una Vez' bilingual story time at Belmar Library, I was delighted by the children whose parents encouraged them to personally thank me in Spanish!
Here is a link to digital dialects. On it, you will encounter 70 different language games. When you click on the language you would like to practice, the following page has several learning topics. The first learning topic is 'phrases and greetings'. Languages like Spanish, French and Chinese have an audio learning feature. First, you practice the phrases and then you can play the matching game.
Check out books about baby sign or American Sign Language (ASL) like this one by Sara Bingham at the library.
Or, try 21 word or phrase signs to practice with your child, courtesy of parenting.com.
And, my newest discovery! 'El Perro y El Gato' from HBO Latino! Look for these funny, yet educational videos about a cartoon cat and dog practicing Spanish on youtube. The following video is about 'manners' or 'modales'.
Signing 'thank you'? Saying it in Chinese? Have fun and use the words right along with your child!
¡Buen día! Have a great day!
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