Language Stories

Language lessons from a polyglot [Infographic]

Posted by Language Stars on Dec 26, 2016 10:05:00 AM

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.

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Topics: foreign languages, languages, childhood development, infographic

Give them something to talk about — body language and bilingualism

Posted by Language Stars on Dec 19, 2016 2:00:00 PM

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.

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Topics: foreign languages, languages, childhood development

Language lessons from a polyglot

Posted by Language Stars on Dec 16, 2016 2:28:39 PM

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. 

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Topics: foreign languages, languages, childhood development

The amazing story of the Sylvain family's bilingual journey

Posted by Language Stars on Dec 7, 2016 8:36:29 AM

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.

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Topics: foreign languages, news, childhood development

Learning a foreign language early helps childhood development

Posted by Language Stars on Oct 21, 2016 2:41:56 PM

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.

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Topics: foreign languages, languages, childhood development

Should my child learn more than one world language at once?

Posted by Language Stars on Oct 14, 2016 1:07:45 PM

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.

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Topics: foreign languages, languages, childhood development

Should special needs children learn multiple languages?

Posted by Language Stars on Oct 4, 2016 5:00:59 PM

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!

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Topics: foreign languages, languages, childhood development

Children have a much easier time learning a world language early

Posted by Language Stars on Oct 4, 2016 4:36:36 PM

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!

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Topics: foreign languages, languages, childhood development

World language cheat sheet: how to say "Nice to meet you" and "Goodbye"

Posted by Language Stars on Oct 4, 2016 12:29:20 PM

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.

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Topics: foreign languages, french, languages, spanish, italian, chinese, german