Language Stories

3 essential reasons why we should teach kids new languages

Posted by Language Stars on Jun 12, 2017 11:35:29 AM

Currently, there are about 6,000 languages spoken around the world. By the end of the century, some experts predict there will only be several hundred.

English is quickly becoming the universal language. Even in countries with an official national language, English is frequently taught to kids and spoken fluently alongside their first language. English dominates the internet, with an estimated 52 percent of websites featuring the language (the second closest is Russian, with a mere 6 percent). What's more, new technology is being developed that is amazing at translating spoken voice into another language in real time.

Is there a reason to learn more than English these days? Absolutely.

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Topics: languages, childhood development, parenting, foreign language, language

The science behind play: when kids have fun learning comes naturally

Posted by Language Stars on Jun 9, 2017 11:26:41 AM

As parents, you want to give your kids the best possible start in life. The earlier they can master important educational skills, the better, right? Who wouldn't be proud if their child read ahead of their grade level or aced their algebra final?

However, increased pressure for kids to learn quickly from parents and the educational system is transforming the classroom. Many experts claim kindergarten is the new first grade, which means what you experienced growing up in elementary school is likely vastly different than what your kids are experiencing.

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Topics: languages, childhood development, parenting, foreign language, language

Why children need year-round foreign language enrichment

Posted by Language Stars on Mar 8, 2017 2:06:38 PM

 
If you purchased a football and had no previous experience playing football, would you expect to turn into Tom Brady after practicing for 3 months? If the answer is yes, you may want to read up on Brady's training regimen. If the answer is no, then you're well on your way to understanding why it's important your child takes foreign language classes on a year-round basis.

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Topics: languages, childhood development, foreign language

3 ways foreign language classes will change your child’s future

Posted by Language Stars on Feb 28, 2017 7:03:07 PM

 

We live in an instant gratification world. With the rise of the Internet, mobile phones and social media, it’s easy to expect instant results. Fortunately (or unfortunately) foreign language enrichment doesn’t quite work that way. Learning a world language is a lifelong pursuit and unlike some other enrichment opportunities, your child will reap the benefits well into adulthood. 

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Topics: languages, foreign language

3 reasons summer is the perfect time for your child to learn a world language

Posted by Language Stars on Feb 16, 2017 9:43:22 AM

So your young learner is nearly done with the school year and eagerly awaiting the freedom of summer. What to do now? The answer is simple — enroll them in summer world language camps and classes. In fact, summer is the perfect time to start world language classes or to double down on language enrichment. Here’s why…..

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Topics: languages, childhood development, foreign language

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

Three ways to select the best after school activities for your child

Posted by Language Stars on Nov 3, 2016 9:40:40 AM

The school year is well under way. Your young learner may (or may not) be engaged in a variety of activities before and after school. Regardless of your child's current schedule, studies have proven organized after school activities boost academic performance, promote healthy hobbies/habits, and provide a safe space to develop friendships. But how do you find the right activities? These three essential parenting steps will help you discover how to plan the best activities for your young learner. 

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Topics: languages, 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