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How to help your children to learn a foreign language

Even if your foreign language knowledge is less than limited, you can support your children in their learning! Do you want to know how?

Nowadays children are very lucky to be exposed to a second language at school and adults often encourage their little ones to get involved in multilingual activities in order to familiarise themselves with different cultures.

It can be challenging to support them at home if parents don’t speak said languages, but there are a few tools that might help make it easier.

-Watching TV programmes and movies.

By sitting down with your child you can make the experience more meaningful. Talk with her/him about what is happening (in your own language) but comment on how "they say this or that".

-Listening to music and songs.

It's really easy to find the translation of almost any song lyrics on the Internet. Explain the meaning of some sentences or words - probably nowadays everybody knows the meaning of the word " despacito" (don't translate the rest of the song to your child as it's not child appropriate).

-Using flashcards to learn new vocabulary.

There’s a number of techniques that can be used with flashcards. One of the most effective ones is showing them in small groups of five slowly whilst saying the words and showing the pictures, then doing it a second time and lastly repeating them quickly a third time while showing the flashcards. It is recommended to use the same five flashcards throughout a week and introduce five new ones the following week using the same technique. Encouraging the child to repeat the words back to you is also advisable.

-Using bilingual books.

Bilingual books are easily accessible in book stores and the internet. They have both versions of the story on each page. It is important to read the mother tongue version first, then the second language version in order for the children to understand the meaning of each word and expression.

-Downloading apps.

Having age appropriate apps available on the I-pad can encourage children to get involved in a learning activity whilst having fun.

-Asking them to teach you words and songs.

Reviewing content at home serves as reminder of what was learned throughout the lesson.

-Asking the teacher for resources your child can use at home.

School newsletters sometimes inform parents on the lesson content, but if not teachers are normally happy to share what they worked on at school and always encourage parents to support their childrens’ learning.

-Trying to be consistent and include the use of new vocabulary in your everyday activities.

Naming simple vocabulary (food, things around the house, school related items, animals...) when involved in those activities help children absorb information rapidly.

We are on a mission to get as many people as possible to speak music and sing languages with us!

Learning languages doesn’t need to be a tedious routine. It is important to make the process fun and interesting for children. By facilitating props we increase children’s attention and focus, allowing them to easily take in information and vocabulary.

At Bilingual Beats we provide parents with our songbooks and CDs. The "Bilingual Beats Collections" are formed by a songbook and a Cd. The songbook includes a Spanish guide for parents, a music guide, and for each song it includes the score, main vocabulary, music features, and activities that parents can develop with their children. There is also the translation of the lyrics into English at the end of the book.

If you would like to find out more tips to support your little one with a second language click here.

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