Foreign Language Videos

Written by Ingrid Chen
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Children begin learning how to communicate as soon as they are born, but it's about six months before they begin to make associations with sounds, words, voices, and intonation. It is in the first six months that the child learns to respond to his or her name, turn his or her head to the sound of human voices, and react to friendly or angry tones appropriately. At this age, the child also tries to verbally communicate by vocalizing with different intonations.

By age one, a child will likely be using more words to express meaning, even if the words are fragmented. He or she will also understand simple instructions, and understands the value of vocal communication. In another six months, he or she knows up to 20 words, mostly nouns, and understands commands. The child may repeat phrases continuously, and express language with emotional content.

During the second year of life, a child learns to name many objects in his or her surrounding or in picture books. Prepositions are heard in his or her speech, and short sentences are formed, which can usually be intelligible. With a vocabulary of roughly 150-300 words, the child's fluency and rhythm of speech is poor, yet the child is understanding much more.

Maximizing Language Learning for Children

Considering how quickly a child learns language in his or her first ten years, many parents hope to introduce a second language at an early age. During these early years, the child's learns best by mimicking sounds. For this reason, children may respond best to foreign language videos or tapes. Foreign language videos are very effective for children because of their entertainment value. Parents who speak the foreign language themselves should also use the language with their children as much as possible. There are also a number of videos for adults who are trying to pick up a second language; learning via video is one of the most popular and effective options with adults.

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