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Despite the predisposition of children to learn different languages during first years of his life,developing bilingual skills is not easy. We must have a clear and concise strategy, in order to achieve our goal of teaching English to the little ones in the house, and in a fun way.
The first step we must take is that we want him to grow up bilingual. It's going to be tough and tough. In addition, the results take a long time to appear. We can begin to define this strategy as soon as we are pregnant, being aware of our possibilities and those that our environment offers us.
Learning two languages at the same time is a task that we must carry out among the members who are involved in the education of our child.
1. To begin, we must see what we have. The best way for a child to develop bilingualism is for one of the people closest to the child who has a good level of English and who spends a considerable amount of time with the child. Make a commitment to speak with him for as long as you spend with him speaking only and exclusively in English. This is complicated, since a minimum of 40% of the time the child is awake must spend to be effective. Which limits most families.
2. Currently, a large number of parents choose to use videos and music in English for the child to learn. Support with these types of techniques is always useful, but it cannot be our mainstay in bilingual education. Children so young do not pay nearly as much attention to these media, losing interest in them quickly. In addition, the learning of the language of a child before the age of 3 is practically based on the relationship they make between the gestures of the people who speak to them.
These accessories are ideal for the child to complement education, but remember that whenever we put a video on them, to reinforce it and help them not lose interest and continue having fun with concentration, we must be by the side interpreting ourselves staging what is happening or saying in the video. This helps the child to relate the words in English more easily. In addition, the child will be able to stay focused and learning for a longer period of time.
3. Hire a girl who only speak english to him. It is an option that has been used in recent years. It is about getting a babysitter who spends a large part of the time with the child and who only speaks English to the baby. The drawback is that the price can be very high, since in order for it to work well, you must spend at least 6 hours with the child, trying not to spend more than 2 weeks in a row without having their time of English.
4. Bilingual centers. The other option we have is bilingual education centers or nurseries. Not in all cities can we find a quality nursery that really develops two languages at the same time. The most important thing is to know the method they use when introducing English at different ages. They are not the same needs of a 5 month old baby as that of a one and a half year old or a 2 year old.
At each age, the child must work on a series of areas, such as approaching the new language, basic words, total immersion, and support with Spanish, when the child begins to understand the mother tongue better.
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