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Language learning in childhood: what to do and what not to do?


There are usually two opposing thinkers about foreign language learning for young children.

Many believe that babies and toddlers should not learn foreign languages ​​at all, as this can confuse them and they will not be able to learn any language properly. However, the little ones are surprisingly early, even when they are a few days old, able to make a difference between the languages ​​they hear, and they also quickly learn which mother tongue is a foreign language. According to experts, the sooner one begins to become familiar with a foreign language, the quicker and easier it is to learn it, because he or she actually learns the foreign language and the mother tongue. Not only does this hinder development, but it can also have an extremely positive effect on creativity. When is it worthwhile to start learning a language? What to do and what not to teach your child a foreign language The most important thing is to present the foreign language in a playful and enjoyable way, such as singing, playing games, books! You can also look for playmates, baby-mama groups where you can meet other native-language children or practice foreign languages ​​with other children!

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Do not force a foreign language into speech, for example, do not "force" a little to choose the appropriate language. If you do not want to say a word in a foreign language, do not bother, let us worry. Learning a foreign language It should be a terrific activityand not easy. Be persistent, even if your child shows no interest in a foreign language. It can also have a tremendous effect if the little one only hears the foreign language, its rhythm, its pronunciation. Don't be frightened when your child starts to mix languages, for example, when he says certain words or expressions in only one language. This is a normal process for little ones who grow up in a multilingual environment and grow out of it over time. In fact, mixing languages ​​is a very positive sign that the child is able to switch from one language to the other lightning fast, and uses all languages ​​safely. Unfortunately, it is not true to speak one or two foreign languages ​​a week to the child, and he or she will speak the result at mother tongue. (Kйpen: Fisher-Price Kacagj and Upgrade! Dalolу storybook)Related articles on Child Development:
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