hippie1981 wrote:My kid just speaks English and a spattering of Japanese that she's learned by watching too much anime (subtitled). I would like it if she was taught Spanish since there are so many Spanish-speaking people in the US, but they don't offer it until high school here.
Just being around people who speak Spanish (the whole immersion thing) can allow her to become familiar with words, pronunciation, inflections and tone with the language. It will help giver her context to the language as she learns. You can do this formally, through a language school/private tutor or informally, like in a daycare center that has mostly people who speak Spanish/are bi-lingual. Take her to restaurants where waiters and patrons speak Spanish and have Spanish menus, to a Mexican street fair, etc.