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Crocheting in Spanish

Posted on January 25, 2009 at 4:20 AM

When I started teaching, almost half of my students were Spanish speaking.  I got permission from Lion Brand to use their Learn to Crochet pdf in Spanish.  Here is the link so you can check it out yourself.

http [:/] / [=/] stores/eyarn&learnToCrochet=1

 I had the English and Spanish versions side by side to help me communicate with my students.

However, there are many dialects of Spanish.  The Lion Brand Spanish seems to be Madrid Spanish.  My students are from Puerto Rico and other Latin American countries.  I found a couple websites with translations of certain technical terms.

Check out:

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When I started teaching there were beginners who had never touched a hook who spoke some English and advanced beginners who didn?t speak any English.  I studied French for 8 years in high school and college but I only knew a few useless nouns and adjectives in Spanish.  Well not totally useless, I could get pan y huevos at the corner bodega.

We had huge language barriers to overcome.  Crochet is a technical language all its own multiplied by the Spanish/English barrier, we had some frustrating classes.  Fortunately, my students appreciate that I am making an effort to learn some Spanish.  They correct me if I say buenos días instead of  buenas tardes.  DH hates it when I try to speak Spanish.  He was born and raised on the Brooklyn side of Queens near a Latino neighborhood.  I am a county girl from central New York State.  I don?t think I met anyone who spoke Spanish as their primary language until I went to college.  He tells me I?m embarrassing myself and that I look like a tourist asking to get mugged.

Back to teaching crochet - - I tried to find things on the internet to help my students  but the free patterns available are complex projects that they weren?t interested in making.  So I started trying to translate my own handouts.  A lovely CGOA (http [:/] / member tried helping me by translating a hat pattern.  Before we finished, I sold the copyright to the hat pattern to a publisher (http [:/] /  I tried again.  Everyone seem to enjoy learning the basic ripple pattern so I started plugging in the Spanish-Crochet vocabulary I was developing.

Finally, I was blessed with a new group of students.  A skilled crocheter named Argentina looked over my ripple pattern.  She said all I needed to do was add articles and fix the gender agreement.  Woo Hoo.

So check out the ONDA pattern on the free patterns page or the links above if you are trying to over come the language barrier with someone you know.

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Reply Ellen Gormley
12:00 PM on January 25, 2009 
I also want to learn better Spanish. I took 5 years through HS and college, and sadly, it escapes me. I usually do better reading it than listening. Keep up your efforts and don't let DH bother you, he's just jealous. :)
Reply Dee
5:46 PM on January 30, 2009 
I am happy to hear that I am not the only one who studied other languages, did not "use" them and remember phrases. I agree with E. Gormley - it's easier to read it. Every now and then, I tease a former classmate who could not roll their tongue to pronounce the word "puerco". I told them that as far as I am concerned they had four choices: a) practice until they could pronounce it correctly, b) "repeat after me", [did not help], c) not say the word to or in front of a Latino/Latina [they would probably tell them that they are not pronouncing it correctly], or c) if they could not roll their tongue for this word -- "give up the lessons" lessons.
You are an awesome teacher and translating your patterns en Espanol will broaden your horizon. Hasta Lunes
Reply kimkotary
2:26 AM on March 6, 2009 
Thanks for the encouragement. I found some great FREEEeee podcasts to help me learn more Spanish. So if you see me with head phone talking to myself, be sure to say "Hola."
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