If your child takes Spanish class, hopefully he is enrolled in an immersion-type class, where only Spanish is spoken in the classroom. If this is the case, he will need to communicate with his teacher certain needs and questions, otherwise he risks getting lost and being unable to ask for help. Often these phrases are not taught at the beginning of the course, but they really are a must for your child to understand and excel.
¿Qué significa ____________? What does________________ mean? ¿Cómo se dice___________ en español? How do you say_______ in Spanish? ¿Cómo se escribe___________? How do you spell__________________? ¿Cómo se traduce________________? How do you translate____________? Por favor, ¿Puede repetir? Can you repeat, please? Por favor, ¿Puede hablar más despacio? Could you speak more slowly, please? Por favor, ¿Puede hablar más alto? Can you speak louder, please?
¿Puedo ir al baño? May I go to the bathroom? No entiendo los deberes. ¿Puede repetir? I can’t understand the homework. Can you repeat it? ¿Para cuándo son los deberes? When is the homework due? ¿Puede explicarlo otra vez, por favor? Can you explain it again, please? ¿Qué hay en el examen? What’s in the test? ¿Puedo ir a mi armario a por mis libros? Can I go to my locker for my books?
These questions will also encourage your student to speak up in class and help him understand that it’s okay not to comprehend everything, and that the teacher is there to help. No question is silly. Teachers should be more than willing to answer all their students’ questions, especially when those questions show that a child is involved and willing to learn.
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