We *should* be a bilingual family as my wife is from Chile and all her family are in Santiago. But we haven't really raised our kids with much Spanish at all. We do go back to Santiago about once a year to see family on holidays but that isn't enough time to really absorb the langauge and the family are all upper class with perfect English so that doesn't help.
So we are thinking of finding a language school that does intensive language study for say 4 hours a day or so and then let her stay with one of her aunts or cousins. We have family in Vitacura, Los Condes and Providencia so she has a variety of places to stay. For that matter, also family in Coyhaique but that might not be the best July-Aug destination.
Anyone have any suggestions on the best way to do this? Through one of the traditional language schools or are there other options? Any recommendations on schools? It would be great if there was one close to family so she could walk or take metro.
Oh, our daughter is also a dual US-Chilean citizen if that makes any difference on what options might be available.
Still I think your daughter will be fine, in 6 months she'll be super OK with spanish, not with like, speaking it perfectly but she'll be able to manage communication and such (since 6 months isn't that long haha).
Ehm, are you guys sendin' her to a bilingual school, right?
Because if you aren't then there'll be a few problems since all the classes (at least from non-particular and semi-particular schools) are taught in Spanish, she'll kinda just go and have fun but she'll lose a semester of school so I don't recommend it, since children don't understand English at all and some teachers don't speak it either, so maybe a native Spanish speaker whom is an English teacher could help her with private classes so she can understand what she wrote on her notebook hahaha.
Six months? I think you need some stronger coffee.wellthisisweird wrote:
Still I think your daughter will be fine, in 6 months she'll be super OK with spanish,
My understanding is that the instructors in those language schools are not necessarily experienced teachers; that is something I remembered from many years ago, so I did a quick search and found some confirmation:texasdiver wrote:
My wife and I are thinking of sending our HS daughter to Chile for the summer (July-Aug)
So we are thinking of finding a language school that does intensive language study....
Probably any unemployed professional could become a language instructor in any of these language schools.
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