As I have mentioned before, Nora has a very strong preference for speaking Spanish over English. It can be rather frustrating for me, since I’m doing everything in my power to motivate her to use English, and she just refuses. My general technique for reinforcing English use goes like this:
- Nora asks for something in Spanish.
- I say “What?” or just pretend to not hear.
- She repeats the request in Spanish.
- I repeat the request for her in English.
- She repeats the request in English.
- I immediately act on giving her whatever she asked for.
In the last month, her spoken Spanish has really taken off, and I think her English understanding has improved greatly as well. I can only think of three words that she tends to use in English before Spanish: cookie, shoe, and down, as in “get me down from this chair”.