How to Teach Your Child a New Language You Don’t Speak
If you want to give your child a good start in life and make sure there are a ton of open doors in their future, you’re going to want to teach them a second language. Being bilingual is an amazing skill for a huge number of reasons! But what if you only speak your native language?
With so many resources seeming to be focused on bilingual parents teaching their kids, it can seem like a huge mountain to climb if you’re monolingual. Don’t worry though! At One Third Stories, our own language learning books are perfect for parents who don’t speak either French or Spanish, and we’ve also got a whole lot of other ideas so your child doesn’t have to miss out.
Independent Learning Resources
There are a ton of great free resources on the web that your child should be able to learn from independently. From online games that teach new vocabulary and tests that track their progress, to foreign TV and songs, your little one can spend plenty of time doing, watching, or listening to these on their own! Or, you can sit with them and learn as well.
Find a Native Speaker
Being around others speaking their second language is going to make language learning a whole lot easier for your child, but when you can’t speak the language this can seem like a bit of a challenge! Luckily, there are actually quite a few ways you can bring the native language into your own home. You could host an au pair who will live with you for the purpose of teaching your little one their language, hire a bilingual nanny, or even take on a foreign exchange student. However you want to do it, it’s a great idea to help your little one make quicker progress!
Make Your Home a Language Learning Hotspot
Even if you don’t speak the language, you can still make your home a spot for everyday language learning! You can use stickers to label object with their name in the second language, write on surfaces such as the shower wall using erasable markers, or have word magnets on the fridge that you or your little one can arrange into phrases every day. Without even knowing it, they’ll start to pick up a ton of new vocab! It’s often the little things like this that can really make a difference.
Find Bilingual Social Groups
There are often social groups that are based on language, where native speakers will go and speak to each other in their own language rather than English. This could be anything from children’s playgroups to swimming clubs – just have a search in your local area!
You might feel a little nervous to go as you can’t speak the language, but try not to worry. It’s going to be a big benefit for your youngster to communicate with native speakers, and the other members will get what you’re trying do and probably help all the more for it!
Visit the Country
Once your youngsters picked up some phrases and vocab in their second language, watch them flourish by taking them to visit the country! They’ll be able to talk to locals and play with other kids, which is an awesome way for them to improve their accent and develop their skills. You can take them to playgroups with other children and even just encourage them to order their food in their second language rather than in English. By actually talking to other native speakers, they’ll improve really quickly!
One Third Stories
We’ve designed our language learning resources at One Third Stories to be perfect for parents who aren’t bilingual. By using the power of storytelling to keep your little one excited about learning, and our unique Clockwork Methodology that introduces new vocabulary slowly so your child will understand it as they read, we’ve made learning a new language easy for everyone!