Friday, May 22, 2009

Easy Way To Start Teaching Your Child A Second Language

Even if you don’t know a second language it’s good to have your children learn one. Why? Because in this ever shrinking world, knowing a second language (or even more) will give your child a competitive edge when they set out on their own.

So, here is a very easy first step.

Look around your home and yard. What do you see? Chairs, tables, trees, doors, etc. Now, go to your computer and do a search for a multi-lingual dictionary. For example: to translate words from English to Spanish, I use

Okay, now type in the words one at a time and get the translation.

Door – Puerta
Window – Ventana
Tree – Árbol

Next, make word cards with the Spanish (or what ever language you want your child to learn) and write the words on them.

Last step, put the word card on the object so your child can read the word in their new second language.

You can go further and work on learning the alphabet, numbers and colors in your new language. (You’re going to learn it too.)

Have fun, you never know when your new language will come in handy!

See you back here Monday with another great book that goes beyond reading.

posted by Joy Delgado
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best4future said...

I learned English as a second language, so I understand investing in becoming a bilingual can be time-consuming. I always try to find an easy to learn a second language.

Right now I am teaching my baby to learn Chinese, hoping she will become a bilingual in the future and not worry about running out of time of starting learning a second language. 

Best4Future: Bringing Up Baby Bilingual! said...

Glad to find another person who promotes bilingual life. Me too! I am a big fun of bilingual education, bilingual parenting, and bilingual life as you are. Right now I am teaching my baby to learn Chinese, hoping she will become a bilingual in the future.

Can we exchange link? My reciprocal link goes like this:

Best4Future Blog: Bringing up baby bilingual!
Devoted to bilingual learning, parenting and teaching!

You can submit your link at and click "links". Thank you!

Joy said...

Hi best4future! Thanks for stopping by again.

I feel bilingualism is vital in the world today. I'm glad to see that you are teaching your baby Chinese. You can use my ideas in any language, I just happen to know Spanish.

Yes, we can exchange links. I'll be revamping my side bar within the next week or so and I'd be happy to add you. Thank you for the reciprocal link.