How to teach kids a foreign language


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Start Simple

Start with greetings and common phrases (hello, how are you, etc.) and the most common words (ball, milk, cat, dog, daddy, mommy)

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Offer Rewards

Increase their motivation by rewarding them for learning extra words or phrases (e.g. , icecream, a chocolate bar, a trip to his/her favorite place, such as an amusement park).

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Have Surprises

Surprises are proven to increase motivation. Play games like hide and seek (count in the 2nd language) or peekaboo (for babies).

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Make it fun

Make the activities fun by playing language games or going on to field trips. You can go to the zoo and name the animals in the 2nd language or play snakes and ladders.

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Short and simple

Children will lose interest if the task their given is difficult.Ask them to learn only a few words at a time, they will find the task more enjoyable and increase their confidence.

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Monitor Progress

Continuously test your child’s knowledge. Instead of a written test you can use worksheets or just ask simple questions like show me your “はな”(nose) or give me the ”ボール。”

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Set Clear goals

Have a clear goals about your target for the end of the year. Do you want to teach a) greetings and basics b) conversational competence, c) reading and writing skill, d) native level competence, e) etc..

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Combine digital and traditional materials

Applications and language DVDs are good but also use traditional hands on materials such as flashcards and picture dictionaries.

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Use your connections

Ask grandparents, neighbors and relatives if its OK to have a skype chat with them. Also you can join facebook groups, online forums etc. to connect with likeminded people.

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Teachers

Let your child’s kindergarten teacher or caregiver know about your aim of raising a bilingual child. They will make sure your child does not experience any problems among his/her peers.

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Main Greek Dishes


Greek food is popular all over the world, and not only is it delicious, but it is healthy too! A lot of the dishes in Greece have vegetables in them, and they also use a lot of nuts and seeds. Because Greece is surrounded by water on three sides, seafood is also a big part of the diet, and cheese is very popular in Greece as well.

This image shows the main dishes in Greece. Especially tzatsiki, papoutsakia and spinach pie are very famous. You can find out more about the dishes and Greek culture for kids by purchasing our Greek Culture for Kids book at Greek for kids 

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Speaking Two Languages Strengthens the Mind


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It has been already proven that speaking two languages delays dementia. A research team from Scotland provided further evidence to this fact by conducting another study with 835 subjects where they controlled the early childhood IQ. They measured the cognitive abilities of the participants when they were 11 and after they reach their 70’s. The findings indicated that whether subjects learned a second language early in their lives or during adulthood, those who speak 2 or more languages had stronger cognitive abilities. The study is published in Annals of neurology. For more information, check out Sciencedaily

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Food Can Bring Us Together


An advertising agency in Australia created these wonderful dishes that resemble the national flags of select countries. Despite our differences food is something that can bring us altogether.

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Images owned by: Sydney International Food Festival
Produced by: WHYBIN\TBWA, Sydney, Australia

Malay Alphabet – Malay Culture for Kids


When Islam arrived in southeast Asia during the 14th century, the Arabic script was adapted to write the Malay language. In the 17th century, under influence from the Dutch and British, the Arabic script was replaced by the Latin alphabet.

Arabic alphabet for Malay

Malay (Jawi) abjad

Latin alphabet for Malay (and Pronunciation)

A a B b C c D d E e F f G g H h I i
e bi si di i ef ji hec ai
J j K k L l M m N n O o P p Q q R r
je ke el em en ou pi kiu ar
S s T t U u V v W w X x Y y Z z
es ti yu vi dabel
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Korean Alphabet – Korean Culture for Kids


The Korean alphabet, also known as Hangul is the native alphabet of the Korean language. It was created during the Joseon Dynasty in 1443, and is now the official script of both South Korea and North Korea. The Korean alphabet was invented in 1443 during the reign of the Great King Sejong. There are 14 basic consonants and 10 basic vowels. Letters that have similar sounds also have similar shapes, so it is easy to learn.

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Norwegian Baby Names – Norwegian Culture for Kids


Norwegian Baby Girl Names Norwegian Baby Boy Names
Agnes Ida Aleksander Jakob
Agnete Inga Alexander Jan
Alfhild Ingeborg Alf Jens
Amalie Inger Alfred Joachim
Andrea Ingri Anders Joakim
Anette Ingrid Anders Johan
Anna Ingvil Andreas Jokkum
Anne Ingvild Anton Jon
Astra Ingvill Arne Jonas
Astri Janne Artur Jørgen
Astrid Jenny Arvid Julius
Aud Jensina Asbjørn Kåre
Beate Johanna Atle Karl
Bente Jorun Balder Kjell
Bergitta Josefina Baldur Knut
Berit Julie Benjamin knute
Borghild Kaia Bjørn Kristian
Camilla Kamilla Boone Kristoffer
Caroline Karen Borg Lars
Cathrine Kari Brander Leif
Catrine Karolina Burnaby Ludvik
Christine Karoline Burr Mads
Dagmar Katrine Busby Magnus
Danica Kirsten Cadby Marcus
Disa Kristianna Canute Marius
Dorte Kristin Carr Martin
Eir Kristina Cawley Martinus
Elisa Kristine Christian Mathias
Elise Lene Christoffer Matias
Ellen Lisbet Colby Mats
Elsa Malena Dag Mikkel
Emilie Malin Danby Mons
Emma Maren Delling Nikolai
Freya Margit Daniel Nils
Frida Margrete Didrik Olaf
Gerd Mari Edvard Olan
Gjertrud Maria Einar Ole
Gudrun Marie Eirik Pål
Gunnhild Marit Elvis Paul
Haldis Marta Emil Peder
Hanna Marte Eric Per
Hannah Marthe Erik Petter
Hanne Marthine Erlend Reidar
Hedda Martine Erling Rolf
Hege Mary Espen Sander
Heidi Matilda Even Sebastian
Helene Nikolina Fredrik Sigurd
Henriette Nina Frode Simen
Hilda Nora Gunnar Sindre
Hilde Oda Haakon Stian
Hjørdis Olava Haavard Svein
Olina Håkon Svend
Pernilla Hans Sverre
Petra Harald Thomas
Håvard Thor
Henning Tobias
Henrik Tomas
Ivar Tor
Vegar
Vegard

Norway has an official government list of acceptable names. their strict name law dates back to the norway1800’s, and is intended to protect children from any Norwegian names that sound or look strange.
The Norwegian origins of this these names include place names, those related to mythology and history, origins from colors, plants and other types of nature. Also, fictional origins, historical origins, characteristic and religious origins.

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