6 Easy Ways To Get Your Child Familiar With A New Language

Posted by on Feb 2 | 2017

If you and your family are moving to a different region of the country that speaks a different language, or are moving internationally, you can make your transition easier by familiarizing your children with that area’s language first. Studies have also shown that children who speak a second language at any early age experience cognitive and social benefits, as well as better job prospects in the future. Of course, the first step to learning a new language is becoming familiar with it.

Familiarizing Your Child With A New Language

  1. Watch a television program or listen to music in the new language

    To get your children familiar with how a new language sounds, one of the most important things you can do is to allow them to hear the language being spoken fluently. Easy ways to accomplish this task include watching a television program in the language or listening to songs.

  2. Play language games on kid-friendly apps

    Another way to get your children familiar with a new language is to take advantage of the multitude of language apps available on your smartphone or tablet that are particularly geared toward children. This is an easy but interactive way for them to not only get exposure to the language but also to begin learning the basics as well.

  3. Take them to a playgroup or class offered in the second language

    Another relatively easy way to get children familiar with a new language is to take them to a playgroup or enroll them in a class which is taught in the second language. This provides them with another opportunity to hear the natural speech patterns but in a more interactive setting.

  4. Teach one word at a time

    If you are not ready to enroll your children in a language class, you can begin to introduce them to the language by teaching them one word at a time. One easy way to accomplish this to to teach them the translation for various items around the house. If your children are old enough to read, you can label items in the house in the second language. You could even make a memory game out of this. This is not only familiarizing them with the language but it is also giving them the building blocks of learning the actual language itself.

  5. Incorporate the language into your everyday

    Allow your children to hear you saying words in the language. A good example is a simple ‘goodnight.’

  6. Utilize language toys, CDs and computer games

    If you are serious about your children learning a new language, invest in bilingual toys and computer games, whether in a DVD format that they listen to and follow along with, or toys that will teach them basic vocabulary.

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