Teaching a foreign language to your toddler is a must because it will develop their brains quicker and make them more sharper. However, it isn’t the easiest thing to do seeing as they are still trying to communicate with you in any means possible. These 5 tips are sure to be great to teach them a foreign language with ease.
Set Designated Times
Since you will be also teaching your toddler English at the same time as teaching them another language, set times where you will be speaking English and times where you will be speaking the other language. This way you will know when to speak each language.
Don’t Respond Unless They Speak the Foreign Language
I know this sounds harsh but this is a great way to make your toddler speak a foreign language. For example, you talk to them in a foreign language and if they talk in English, don’t respond unless they talk in the foreign language. This way they will learn to speak it as well as understand it, because speaking it is the difficult part for the toddlers because they are so exposed to English they don’t feel right to speak the other language.
Use Hand Signs With Your Words
This is a great way to teach a foreign language because your toddler can see what the word means and hear what it sounds like. Then they will put both of them together and understand what the word means. Doing this with every word will make them understand what each word means and slowly they will say it themselves. Kids are visual and this is a great way to use that to your advantage.
Watch TV Shows That Use The Foreign Language
Now, your toddler doesn’t necessary have to be watching the show consistently and actually paying attention to every word, because they won’t understand every word. However, it is the exposure that matters. If they are just around the language they will slowly pick up anything and it will go into their brains. Don’t expect them to be fluent at a language by just watching the show but they will pick up a few things here and there and it will help them on learning that language.
Don’t Yell At Them
This is very important because you should always use positive words to express everything. Don’t be angry if they do not pick up the language quickly because toddlers learn at their own rate and they will eventually learn. Negative words will break their confidence so do not do it.
These are 5 great tips that you should use when teaching your toddler a second language. Follow these guidelines and you will definitely teach them the language very quickly.