Learn Languages, The Right Brain Way!





"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens."


- Carl Jung



Babies can learn multiple foreign languages with ease. Early exposure to languages sets the stage for fluency later in life and, as an added benefit, actually stimulates overall brain development. Take the infants in classes taught by Francois Thibaut, founder of Language Workshop for Children, who attend weekly French classes with their parents. They learn words, phrases and songs without effort. Feedback from graduates of his classes indicates that they continue their love for learning, too, and not only in French or language-oriented fields.


So, how do babies learn multiple languages? In People Magazine’s "Small Talk" column, Thibaut says, "Studies show babies recognize language as early as 4 months. At 6 to 9 months, they begin comprehending. By the 12th month, they start repeating words they've heard."

He continues, "Even if the child doesn't continue in the language, learning so young clearly stimulates brain activity... Research now shows that learning a second language at a young age not only doesn't hinder children; it helps them do better in their native language and in other academic subjects. The first three years are critical to developing the intellectual potential a youngster carries for life."


IT'S FUN!


When a language is presented before the age of seven, the sounds, intonation and accents are automatically entered into the computer of the infant mind. Linguists sometimes describe the various world languages as having ranges similar to that of scales on the piano. When a child hears the frequencies of a specific language early in life, it can be accessed later with great ease and without accent.


Teaching multiple languages is easy and can be a lot of fun! When teaching an infant, toddler or young preschool-age child, the key is to present the material in one of two ways:


1) as gentle background music/song/language tapes while they are busy with other activities


2) as a lively, fun presentation--puppets! music videos! flashcards! song and dance!


It is important to expose your child to many languages without any expectation of the child mirroring back what was presented. When they are ready, children will wholeheartedly jump in and repeat words, phrases and songs. The goal is to have fun and make the lessons stress-free!


LEARNING CDS AND DVDS


If you do not know a foreign language, start a home library containing a variety of language DVD or CDs. They are just as effective for providing the basic sounds. Some children's movies, such as those produced by Walt Disney, are available in many different languages. Just check the Audio Selection portion of the DVD to see which spoken languages are available.


Check out our TweedleWink Math DVD which features Math input in multiple languages!