Teaching your child a new language is a great idea. However, you may feel overwhelmed by the number of resources available on the Internet. There are countless videos, flashcards, audio courses, and more.
It’s difficult to know where to start, and what works best for your child.
In this article, we will explain the best way to teach your child a new language and what you can expect from each method.
1) Have Your Child Watch Television Shows in Their New Language
If you don’t know any other children who speak the same language as your child, then watching TV shows and movies in their native tongue may be an option for you.
If they choose not to learn at that point, that’s fine! But if they do, then they will already have some exposure before starting formal lessons with a teacher or tutor.
2) Use a Flashcard App to Teach Your Child a New Language
There are many flashcard apps available for Android and iOS. If you choose to use one, then we recommend AnkiApp.
AnkiApp allows you to create “deck” of cards that are based on a particular topic or theme. Each card will have a picture and the English translation (or sometimes, the literal meaning).
Then you will create new cards by adding unfamiliar words from that deck to your collection. Then you can play back all the cards together so that your child can hear all the words at once!
3) Use Video Games
Some video games have native language support for different languages. However, this may not be an option for all games.
If your child is interested in playing a video game with a foreign language option, then this is an option worth considering.
Video games can be a great way to get your child excited about learning a new language. That they can learn while playing a game is a bonus!
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4) Listen to Music in Their New Language
If you are trying to teach your child a new language, then listening to music in their native tongue is an option worth considering.
We would recommend this approach because listening to music in your target language can help you learn the lyrics and basic sounds of the language.
Some songs may be difficult for your child to understand at first, but this is okay! As long as they are having fun, it’s okay if they don’t understand the lyrics at first. Your child will pick up on the words over time as they continue listening to music in their new language.
5) Record Yourself Speaking in Their New Language
This is a great way for children to practice their pronunciation and vocabulary while watching you speak naturally in their new language.
It can also help them with confidence issues since they will hear you speak perfectly well even if they don’t understand what you are saying!
Listening practice is very important, so record yourself in multiple languages and share it with your child.
6) Take Your Child to a Local Language School
If you don’t know any other children who speak the same language as your child, then going to a local language school may be an option for you.
Local language schools are not always very expensive. However, if you want to use the school for more than one child, then it may cost more than if you used a more popular school.
We sometimes refer to local language schools as “babysitters” in some parts of the world. Some local language schools offer summer camps and daycare programs.
7) Get Your Child a Translation App
There are many translation apps available for Android and iOS. If you choose to use one, then we recommend iTranslate. It’s a free app that is completely dedicated to translation.
This means you can use it to translate the text on your screen and all the text on web pages. It also translates text in email, messages, phone calls, Skype and texts.
Another good translation app is Google Translate. However, we have noticed that Google Translate misses a lot of keywords and often cannot provide accurate translations. If you are looking for a more reliable translator, then iTranslate will provide you with just that.
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8) Learn from Another Country
A genuine experience is much more effective than watching movies or listening to music. Your progress will speed up quickly and you will see results in a short time.
If you are trying to learn a foreign language, it is best to learn from native speakers. This is because you will hear the grammar, intonation, and pronunciation as the people who speak it intended it.
In addition, you will pick up on some nuances that can make or break your success. These factors make learning from native speakers much more effective than any other type of learning method.
9) Learn a Foreign Language Online or in Person
Learning a foreign language is a complex process that takes time and practice. You can either do it on your own or learn it in an interactive class. However, you have to be aware of the pros and cons of each option so that you make the right decision.
If you are serious about learning a foreign language, then you should learn it online or in person.
It’s better to learn in an interactive class because there are more chances to speak with the teacher and understand grammar rules and vocabulary. Plus, you will get to practice speaking a foreign language outside your comfort zone.
Ready to Make Your Child a Multilingual?
Whether you choose to use flashcards, video games, translation apps, TV shows, or music in your child’s native language, there are many ways to help them learn a new language.
There are no right or wrong ways to teach your child a new language. It’s completely up to you and your child!
Our website, The Mindful Parent, is a resource for parents looking to learn how to help their children learn a new language. If you are interested in using one method mentioned in this article, then check out our website!