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Do you teach your child a foreign language? I know it can be hard especially if you don’t easily speak more than one language yourself!
I can still clearly remember the French classes I took when I was in school. Growing up in Ontario we had French class lessons in the lower grades occasionally, maybe it was once a week. I remember it was taught through fun songs mostly. Once I was in the higher grades we started having more formal French language lessons starting in grade 5. I took French every year from grade 5 to grade 9.
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You know what? I don’t remember a thing from it! Except that is how badly my French teachers spoke and understood the language themselves. It wasn’t until I started studying the Acadian (French) side of my family and working through many old church and vital records all written in French that I began to pick up the language. Now don’t get me wrong, I still can’t speak French very well but I can read it a little.
What made the difference was I had a keen interest to learn what these words were saying, after all I was trying to learn about MY family! I was also learning in an immersive way. The records were all in French, I had to figure out what the context was and what each word was saying. Using translators like Google Translate helped me a little but often it would give the oddest translations. So asking friends and family to help me understand the words started to open the language to me. Once I had a few words I could figure out the rest.
So what does this have to do with teaching a second language to my children? Well I’ve come to believe that immersion learning is the best way to learn another language!
We’ve been trying out PetraLingua’s French program and my kids are having a lot of fun! PetraLingua teaches foreign languages in a fun immersive way.
PetraLingua offers courses for children in:
What do I love about PetraLingua?
- It uses everyday situations along with video, songs and interactive activities to get children using all of their senses to figure out new languages.
- Lessons teach 500 basic words using 20 everyday topics children would need to understand through 140 interactive lessons.
- The lessons start by teaching children how to introduce themselves, then move into teaching the times of day, greetings, and naming objects.
- PetraLingua is intended for children ages 3 to 10 years old but could be a fun introduction to languages for older children to!
Would you like to try a lesson? You can find a free lesson in each language on their website!