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Jul 2 2008

Learning Languages for Children

by Ginny C

Are you looking for something to help your child learn a foreign language?  It’s widely reported that children learn new languages easier and faster than adults.  Most schools, however, don’t offer language classes until high school, though.  The library offers several useful tools designed specifically for children to learn a different language.

Bonjour There are a few DVDs that are popular with parents and kids, specifically Bonjour Les Amis and Hola Amigos which teach French and Spanish, respectively.  The Professor Toto dvd series, which comes in French, Spanish and German, teaches basic vocabulary and phrases.  If Chinese if the language you’re looking for, we also have Chinese for Kids and Early Start Mandarin Chinese.

Of course we also have picture dictionaries in the above languages, as well as Arabic and Polish.  For older children and teenagers, our LEA collection offers a wide range of languages and comes in audio and book format, as well as dvd.  We have many resources to help children (and adults) learn a new language.  If you don’t find what you’re looking for, ask a librarian.  We’ll try to find something that’s just right for you or your child.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Mathilde Amouroux September 24, 2008 at 1:48 PM

I found the DVD series from Little Pim very useful to start a foreign language early. It both gives them a very good accent and triggers their interest for the foreign language.
They come in English ESL, French, Chinese and Spanish.

Fallon May 17, 2010 at 1:54 PM

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