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Today’s world is a competitive place. A child doesn’t only have to be well educated, they also need to know the skills required to help them flourish anywhere in the world. One of the tools that can help them along is knowing a second language. Apart from English, languages like Spanish, French and German give a person an edge when looking for jobs in the long run. And the earlier a child starts, the better results they have absorbed.
But only going to a class to learn isn’t enough. Successful learning of any foreign language requires regular usage. There are many things that you as a parent can do to help the process along. Read on to know how you can help your child stand out from their peers.
Encourage them to use the words at home
Regular usage can play a very important role in helping children remember the language they’re learning. Otherwise, they will find themselves forgetting the small things. Point out the various items and ask your children to tell them what they’re called in the second language. This would help them remember the terminology. Take interest in their curriculum, see what they’re being taught in the class, and have them describe different things to you at home in the second language.
Learn with them side by side
Knowing a second language is never going to hurt anybody. After all, you never know when knowing some French can come in handy to you too. So if your child is taking a class, try to learn with them, either by taking the class, or asking them to teach you. This will help your children revise, as well as give them somebody they could talk to refine their sentences and grammar. Don’t hold back on account of age, because your foremost goal is to help out your child. Comprende?
Watch shows in the foreign language together
Thanks to the internet, today you can find content in any language in any part of the world. A person sitting in India can access French content, while a person sitting in France can easily watch Hindi content. Being exposed to shows and movies in a foreign language will help give your child exposure to the way the language is spoken, the grammar as well as the culture. Children at a young age master language mostly through listening and repeating what they hear in their surroundings. opts for cartoons that are designed specially to help children understand the foreign language. In English, parents universally love showing their children the cartoon Peppa Pig as it is easy to understand and repetition of words is key in the show.
Read Books in the foreign language
There are various books available today for one to learn a foreign language. A lot of kids learn better through reading and writing. Books of words and nouns, and numbers can be a good starting point. Slowly, build up to bedtime stories which are easy to read, and also help with sentence structure and grammar. Bedtime stories often contain simple sentences that can help build a good, solid base for the child.
Use the apps available online
As the world becomes smaller, the number of people opting to learn a foreign language grows larger. For the same, many apps are designed specially to help a person’s journey of learning a foreign language. The most popular app is Duolingo, which allows a person to learn a new language through exercises, stories and many more activities. Sign your child up for one such app on any gadget (phone, computer, tablet) and it’ll help them keep their education up even outside of class. It’ll also help them learn newer things that might not be covered in their regular syllabus.
Build a community for them
As we have said, the best way to learn a foreign language is to use it regularly. Look within the people you know if anybody is fluent in the language your child is trying to learn. Invite them over for conversation and let your children pick their brains. Also, build your child’s study group/peer group that is taking a class for the same language. This will encourage them to do better, and also provide them with a company when they want to sharper their conversation skills!