Maybe you are planning a holiday in a foreign country or perhaps you have family or friends living abroad and want to learn the language to communicate easily. You may think that because you aren’t fluent in a language you won’t be able to teach your child, however, it isn’t difficult to learn a few of the basics as you go along. Besides, learning about another language and culture together is an excellent way to spend quality time as a family.
Read on for tips on helping your and your child learn another language. Find links to the best language learning resources available today.
Many adults wish they had started learning a language as a child when their brains were more able to absorb new information. Scientific research has proven that when we are young our brains are programmed to picking up new languages more easily. Babies and children are like sponges and absorb everything they see and hear around them. Read on to see why the earlier we introduce children to a foreign language, the better. Continue reading
Here at Viva Languages we are really excited about the announcement this year by Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, that all children from the age of seven are to be taught a foreign language from 2014. This is welcome news since according to recent official figures one in ten state primary schools do not offer any language lessons and a further 20 per cent only offer it to some year groups. Continue reading
Research shows that children who speak another language perform better across all academic subjects. They are more confident, creative, have better problem-solving skills and more cultural awareness – invaluable in today’s multicultural society. School leavers with knowledge of foreign languages stand much better chances of getting better jobs as today’s global marketplace means multilingual staff are in great demand. Continue reading
Hoy tengo que decirte Papá / Today I have to tell you Dad,
El tiempo nada cambiará / Time won’t change anything
Estaremos siempre juntos / We will always be together
Todo el tiempo sin parar. / All the time, without stopping. Continue reading
Read on to follow the lyrics in Spanish with the English translation. (Note: the lyrics are slightly different to the English version). Continue reading
The best age to learn a language is when you are young – ideally between birth and the age of 7. This is when children absorb new words most easily. Make learning fun so that it is not seen as a chore. Introduce fun activities into everyday life – foods, colours, numbers, and clothes. Here are two tried and tested ways that I use to help children from 4 years old to learn useful Spanish for everyday situations. All you need is to learn some basic Spanish first. Children have so much fun they don’t even realise they are learning a foreign language! Continue reading
Hiring a private tutor may be one of the best things you can do for your child. In today’s global economy, knowledge of a second language will help them succeed in the future job market, broaden their horizons by allowing them to apply for more and better jobs all over the world. Even in the UK, if you can speak another language you have the potential to earn much more than someone who only knows English. Read on to find out how a private tutor can help your child reach their full potential in school and in the future.
The simple answer is “the sooner the better”! Children start to pick up sounds all around them from the moment they are born and by the age of two they are quickly absorbing everything they see and hear. It has been proven that the earlier a child starts to learn a second language, the more likely they are to speak it as fluently as their first language. Additionally, it has been shown that children who have been learning a foreign language become high academic achievers, outperforming their peers. On leaving school and applying for jobs, if your child knows a second language they will have a competitive edge over those who don’t.
So if you want your child to excel in school and have the best opportunities when entering the workforce, encourage them to learn Spanish as soon as possible. Continue reading