How the Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Movie Makes Spanish Cool

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My child is a huge fan of the book series Diary of a Wimpy Kid. He’s read all of the books, and seen the movies.  So when he saw the preview of the new movie release “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” he was counting down the days.   With three friends of his in tow we headed to the movies.  We weren’t disappointed! Lots of laughs to be had, especially for the adults, too!

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I could share a synopsis of the movie, and how much I can relate to Mrs. Heffley.  However, I’m not. You can read the synopsis here. Sorry! I just want to share with you how this movie makes Spanish so cool!

My son really enjoyed the movie. Me? I loved it! You see, in this movie Mrs. Heffley has banned electronics during the road trip. They sang songs, and …

…Mrs. Heffley had everyone listen to audio taped Spanish lessons.  I was, “Yes! Yes!”

As a mother raising a bilingual child and facing some challenges like the “Why do I have to learn Spanish?”

It was refreshing to see this in the movie.

But, wait it doesn’t end there!  As the movie comes to an end the Heffley family is on their way back home from their road trip.  The car breaks down and a tow truck driver pulls over to help them.  The driver ask if they need help, but guess what? He only speaks in Spanish!

So here comes Manny,  the littlest of the Heffleys speaking in Spanish to the driver, and he saves the day!  Of course, for all of us raising bilingual children a few hours of listening to audio tapes in another language won’t make you bilingual but I’m sure as happy that this was featured in the movie.

You guys know what else is cool? The Diary of Wimpy Kid Series is also available in Spanish!


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