It’s not that Britons don’t like foreign languages. But most of us have grown lazy over time. We don’t necessarily need to learn or speak a foreign language in day-to-day life. So, as a result, the typical Briton in the workplace can struggle to understand and communicate with different cultures. Even when most people speak English, appreciating unique disparities and languages can make a big difference in building sustainable and profitable relationships with everyone.
Learning a foreign language is not as inaccessible as most of us like to picture it. In fact, a foreign language can be a useful tool to make your CV more valuable, interact with international partners, suppliers and customers, and open your mind. It’s never too late to learn and master a foreign language as an adult. Many neurologists also recommend it to preserve brain health. But as we all know that kids can learn and retain better and faster than us, now’s the best time to consider helpful tips to make learning and speaking a foreign language a natural part of life for your child.
Don’t be afraid to travel abroad
Travelling with kids requires additional planning as you need to consider catering for long inactive periods such as on flights or airports. Yet, more often than not, entertainment options and snacks can keep children peaceful and quiet.
It is a good idea to consider a rental or a hotel in the middle of a foreign city, rather than planning to stay in resort accommodation. Indeed, exposure to a foreign language can help make new sounds, cultures, and habits more normal. Besides, you’d be surprised to see how much your child can pick up from listening to people in restaurants and on the streets!
Focus on learning programmes and activities at school
Schools have a range of trip programmes that make a big difference, so it’s worth asking about these. You could find a great option to book a school trip to Paris or to plan a weekend in Italy. Short trips are typically designed as exposure to the local culture and some unique visits. But they also make foreign languages easier to learn, as they provide a platform to use and hear real words in their natural context.
Take a look at foreign films and series on Netflix
If your child is learning German, why not take a look at some of the most famous shows and films available in German on Netflix. A series such as Dark, played in the original version with subtitles, can help make the German language more accessible and entertaining. After all, school books can be dull and lack engagement.
Spanish learners can enjoy Money Heist (Casa de Papel) and Cable Girls, both superb dramas that are received many accolades over the years.
French students will fall in love with Lupin, the wonderful mystery series showing a thief with a big heart, Arsene Lupin, unravel the enigma of his childhood.
Learning a foreign language doesn’t need to be dull or difficult. Languages are communication tools. Therefore, if you wish to make languages fun for your child, you must prioritise its functions in conveying a message. Whether you pick a film or a programme abroad, languages are all about creating a bridge with others.
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