1) Make every greeting count!
Say ¡Hola! to the check out operator and ¿Qué tal? to your son. As you leave the house say ¡Hasta luego! to the cat, ¡Adiós! to the neighbour and ¡Chau! to dad.
2) Use Spanish in your everyday routines
¡Ven! Means 'come here!'
¡Espera! Means 'wait!'
¡Vamos! Is 'lets' go!'
Try a saying cepíllate los dientes in the morning and the evening to encourage your kids to brush their teeth. Again, put a note on the bathroom mirror to remind you.
As you're getting ready to leave, ask the children ¿Dónde están los zapatos? (Where are your shoes?) and to ask them to put them on say ponte los zapatos por favor.
Count when cutting an apple, waiting for the microwave to finish it's thing, when brushing hair and waiting for the toilet!
Adults music I like include:
- Café Quijano
- Jorge Drexler
- Jarabe de Palo
- Marta Gomez
- Mariana Mallol
5) Keep it manageable
Don't bite off more than you can chew! This might mean saying just ¡Buenos días! every day for a week until you realise you can add ¡Buenas noches!. THEN you can add the sprinkles - slip a little mi amor on the end and you've got yourself a lovely, affectionate greeting: buenas noches mi amor: goodnight my love.
As with gym memberships, language learning needs lots of 'visits' to feel the effects. Use these conversation cards to help you. Print them out on card, punch a hole in the corner and put them on a key ring to make them portable OR use them as signs around the house.
Make a motivation chart to incentivise your efforts. Keep track of who is using what Spanish and how often. He/she who gets the most points at the end of the week gets a night off dishes!