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Watch Mandarin Shows for Kids Online

I like using videos to supplement foreign language learning.  While they aren’t comparable to interaction with a native speaker, they do provide a pseudo-immersion environment when an entire show is presented in the target language.  I found familiar children’s shows to be ideal for this – even for older kids. …

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Thoughts on Foreign Language With a Visual-Spatial Learner

My son recently said something to me that had me thinking. We have been studying several foreign languages in our homeschool for 4-5 years now. The other day my visual-spatial learner made a comment that he knows Greek best. He has devoted time and effort into studying Arabic, Mandarin, and …

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Scheduling Multiple Foreign Languages

Over the years I’ve changed our schedule many times and we have tried different ways to approach learning multiple languages.  Because our progress in languages was quite slow for the first part of this school year, I changed things up about a month ago and have been very pleased with …

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Combining Super Mario with Foreign Language Learning

My kids all love Mario.  At breakfast time each morning my children watch a video in a foreign language.  I have some DVDs around the house and I also utilize Youtube for the many great kid’s shows in foreign languages. This morning I discovered some Super Mario videos on Youtube …

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Foreign Language Lessons in Kindergarten

We start foreign language formally in Kindergarten.  By formally, I mean that we do formal lessons, but they don’t have to look like pencil and paper tasks at a desk.  My daughter is studying three foreign languages this year – Koine Greek, Mandarin, and Arabic.  Some days she may do …

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Teaching a Foreign Language When You Don’t Speak it.

I am not an expert in foreign language instruction.  I only speak English fluently and have taken upon myself the task of helping my children learn multiple foreign languages.  In graduate school for Speech-Language Pathology I was blessed to be able to “specialize” and work with a professor to help …

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Mandarin Chinese: Play-Based Foreign Language for Little Ones

My young daughter loves to play and imagine.  She enjoys learning Chinese too.  One day earlier this week, we went to her bedroom to use the CD player for her Chinese lesson with My First Chinese Words.  I also brought along a sheet that the tutor gave me.  It listed …

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Ancient Greek Pictionary

Learning foreign language vocabulary can be done through rote memorization, but it isn’t very fun and at times it can be quite tedious.  We’ve had success learning individual words by association.  For instance the word for farmer in ancient Greek is αὐτουργός which sounds like owe – tore- gose. We …

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