If you are like me, you want to expose your kids to foreign languages but you don’t happen to speak any yourself. Classes and tutors are a great way to get started but more exposure would make the foreign languages stick a little more. I’m always on the hunt for games, books, apps, TV shows, DSi games … ANYTHING to get my kids interested in Spanish or Mandarin Chinese but it’s not easy!!
There’s an issue of age as well. The younger the better? Yes! And for a few reasons:
- Kids’ brains are more receptive to foreign language sounds the younger they are.
- Kids thinking that learning a new language is fun is inversely proportional to their age.
- Many TV shows, games and apps that teach foreign languages are geared for young kids, or adults but it’s much harder to find for tweens! Read more…
Tips on Promoting Two or More Languages at Home
Here are some tips for those able to introduce more than one foreign language to your kids at home. It’s from Cantarima, makers of foreign languages DVDs.
In today’s increasingly multicultural world, many children hear two or more languages being spoken on a daily basis. Studies have shown that children that grow up with more than one language outperform their peers in verbal and non-verbal skills, and perform better on standardized tests. Plus as they become adults, they will have competitive advantages in the workplace. So how should parents encourage language development of two or more languages? Read more…