Teaching your child to speak several foreign languages can be challenging at times. To support your budding linguist in their multilingual journey, be sure to follow these essential tips.
In today’s digital age with text messages and emails, body language is almost a lost art. But, did you know it is much needed to help your child grasp and understand a foreign language?
For a child learning a second or third language, this body language can help to accelerate their verbal fluency. Exposing your child to foreign languages through music or television shows can have its benefits, but the science behind language development always leads back to personal interaction.
One of the greatest stories of multilingualism comes from Harvard student, Tim Doner. Known as “The World’s Youngest Hyperpolyglot,” his story is a testament to how powerful learning foreign languages can be. At 13, Tim decided to learn Hebrew. He started by listening to popular Israeli music, and before long he had memorized 20+ songs. Though he had no idea what the lyrics meant, he was drawn in by the music and soon begin to translate the words to better understand their meaning.
She’s a blue collar, working mom. Grinding out work weeks that sometimes eclipse 80 hours, she balances the challenges of being a single mother while raising her son, Rishon, who has Asperger’s. This is the story of Jay and Rishon Sylvain, a proud Language Stars family.
Learning early matters! It sounds simple, but research has proven that early childhood development in foundational subjects can prime a child for future success. Whether it's math, science or a world language, the brain is primed to process and learn information more easily in a child’s early developmental years. That’s why it’s essential you consider these top reasons to start foreign language learning early.
Whether your young learner is enrolled in a world language class or you’re considering enrolling them you might ask, “Should my child take more than one language class at a time?” The notion that learning more than language at once will confuse your young learner has been proven wrong through years of research. While every child is different, here are a few simple ways to make the decision.
When it comes to learning multiple languages, the important thing to remember is that all children, regardless of ability, have the potential to learn multiple languages! Children who are exposed to multiple languages from birth, or later in childhood, are more likely to be dual language learners. These children have better and increased abilities to communicate with more people, and the same is true for children with special needs! Parents may wonder, “should my special needs child learn multiple languages?” The answer: of course!
Young children are uniquely suited to learning a second language. The developing brain is hard-wired to acquire language. Never again will it be this natural or this easy!
When meeting new people, everyone acts differently. Some people like to break the ice right away with a funny joke, others are shy and need a bit of a nudge. One thing we all do when meeting new people though, is offer them the courtesy of telling them it was a pleasure meeting them.