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Bilingual child

Bien Magazine has found that many parents have a very specific approach to teaching their children a foreign language. Clearly they are worried that a child will confuse everything and will not know what language it speaks. Others say that the child has plenty of time to learn foreign languages and if it will learn them then only at a language school. Other parents who are themselves teachers of foreign languages, at home talk with their children only in their native language. This way, all these groups of parents condemn their children for future torment associated with the acquisition of knowledge in speaking, reading and writing in a foreign language.

Child learns using all senses

We know children aged five-six years old who speak fluently two or even three foreign languages, who were only taught by talking and playing with their parents and grandparents. They have not studied grammar nor read clever books. They did not learn using traditional methods. They learned a new language the same way as their mother language - not even knowing how and when it happened.The child is learning using all senses, the same way it learns the surrounding world. Hears, sees, smells, touches and tastes. It needs to be allowed such contact with a foreign language so it triggers all the senses. E.g. making pizza, you can talk with your child in a foreign language about creating it, eating it and you can talk about how it tastes.

How to teach a language

It is advisable to start learning a foreign language process as soon as possible. There are almost infinite numbers of media for children, ranging from mp4 recordings (fairy tales, fables, poems, songs), through to educational programs for slightly older children.The child immediately catches the rhythm of a language, when it listens to it. It does not have to have contact with the written word to learn to speak fluently for example in Spanish or Italian.

Every day, 15 minutes for a foreign language

The ability to understand  a foreign language develops the mind, expands horizons, gives access to two realities. In adulthood this ability extremely facilitates studying abroad, getting a job, or grants a wise development. It is important that a child is exposed to the language every day and fifteen minutes is enough. The child must enjoy it, because then it learns automatically. Linguists say that the child should identify learning a foreign language with one of the parents and at a particular place - hence it is worth creating a home corner for languages. 

 

Author: Bien Magazine

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