Spanish course for children from sweden, any recommendations?
I have friends from Sweden coming over to see us here in Mexico in a few months. As they are bringing their children (6 & 8 yrs old) I thought I'd buy them a dvd or something with just a little basic childrens spanish to give them a head start for when they meet my husbands kids or to make friends with other local kids on the beach. I found a fair amount of english/spanish for kids, but totally failed the spanish/swedish challenge.
Does anyone here have any recommendations'
Swedish watch all movies in English, and get many of their lessons at school in English too, so hopefully they shouldn't have much trouble understanding the resources you already have.
On the other hand, Swedish phonetics are quite complex, and they should find it much easier to pronounce Spanish sounds than most English speakers. Their D and T are dental, like in Spanish (unlike English, which is alveolar), although they are not identical. Their "soft" B is closer to Spanish than the English counterpart as well. They should find vowels much easier to pronounce as well, because they already have all the vowel of the Spanish language (plus another 12 we don't have) as monophthongs, whereas in English only two vowels are pronounced like in Spanish (but longer). Vowels are the main problem for English speakers (and not the RR, as most believe). It is not a going to be a piece of cake the Swedish kids them of course, but because of their phonetics, it is certainly easier than for Americans.