Whether your child is at that pre-school or elementary age, they will surely benefit from learning a foreign language.
So, what can a parent do to help a child pick up a foreign language faster?
Allow us to share three simple tips with you.
Three Simple Tips
...to faster foreign language acquisition
1) Expose Them To The Foreign Language
Cartoons, songs, rhymes, storybooks, anything!
Findings published in various science journals suggest that children as young as 20 months are able to begin learning a foreign languages.
If that is true, your child can begin to take in proper doses of the language even before he or she can utter the first word.
Play a lullaby or a rhyme or a song in a foreign language, whether it be in Spanish or in Portuguese.
You will be surprised at how the child will marvel at the language without a frown.
As the child grows and begins understanding speech, you can gradually introduce simple and short stories read by a native.
2) Flash Those Cards
We have all heard about flashcards.
Whether we are learning a mother tongue or a foreign language, this tool has proven itself to be very useful when the child is just beginning to read.
Use cards that have interesting animal pictures on one side and the language equivalent word on the other.
Besides animals, other objects of interests may also be used for this exercise.
3) Make It Rewarding
Every child loves rewards for good effort. It makes learning fun.
Add a little challenge to it as the child progresses, raise up the level as he or she progresses.
And remember, whether or not they do well, it is important to encourage them genuinely.
While helping a child to learn a foreign language, it is important to keep the motivation level high.
Go Faster Than The Sailfish
I was on a plane to Singapore when I first came across the MARLIN LEARNING METHOD in 2003. The advertisement in the in-flight magazine caught my attention as I was flying home after a trip to Latin America.
The method promised to unlock the mind, so that it could make mastering a foreign language a breeze.
The idea interested me so much that I wasted no time in filling up the order form while I was still on the plane.
Weeks felt like an eternity as I waited eagerly for the book to arrive.
The moment it landed in my hands, I couldn't put it down till I read it a few times from cover to cover.
I didn't just read it, I highlighted huge portions of it and jot down my thoughts on it.
Back then, I already had five years of practical Spanish, but I was very excited with what I could do with The Marlin Learning Method.
I was planning on developing a course of my own so that I could run it in Singapore.
I learned from experience that Spanish is one of the easier languages for an English speaker to pick up.
The book literally became the go-to reference as I developed Good Spanish In 8 Weeks™ (or GSi8W™), the course that will be remembered as GSi8W™ in short.
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Start Creating The Environment For Your Child
...some suggestions you may find helpful.
Play foreign language audio story books to your child
Learn simple words and phrases with your child (make it a "secret language")
Tune your car radio to some foreign language station for children
Use flashcards from Language Lab App. Check out the Practice Makes Perfect series
Set your GPS to the foreign language and turn it on when you are going somewhere familiar (use with caution)