say be quiet in spanish
Trying to get my bilingual children in my kindergarten class to be quiet. I use "Silencio." I need to use a non-derogatory term to tell them to shut up.
I 'd just tell them "cállate". Yes it is "shut up",But the little rugcrawlers need to learn proper behavior .We've got to stop raising wimps.And that is not derogatory.
"Estense quietos" or as you are already saying "Silencio." If this isn´t working, then the threat of witholding something they like might work. Telling little children to "shut up" is just going to turn them into more difficult kids as they become older and doing this will certainly not instill respect in them for others or themselves.
As for me, with a group (class) of children, I like:
"Calmate" = Calm down ( to a single child)
"Calmemos" = Calm yourselves (to a group/class)