5 Reasons You Should Try A New Language Before You Travel
Packing up your bags and heading off on a plane is always exciting, especially when you’re a child. The prospect of exploration, adventure and plenty of fun is basically a dream come true for little ones. But, aside from all the excitement, travelling can be incredible in terms of your child’s development. Building on confidence, knowledge and even improving mood, the benefits are bountiful.
To enhance what your child takes away from their travels, it’s a great idea to help them learn the basics of a new language. Want to know more? We’ve got the low down for you right here.
Discovering new cultures is both fun and educational for little ones. It teaches them to respect different ways of life, understand diversity and gives them invaluable knowledge of the world we live in. In other words, it’s a priceless experience.
Knowing some of the language of the culture you’re exploring can really help your child to immerse themselves in it. They’ll feel more interest in what’s around them and will pick up tons more knowledge because they can actually understand it. They’ll come to feel like a part of the culture rather than an outsider, which is certainly never a bad thing.
On the other hand, if they don’t know any of the language they’ll struggle to understand and may even become overwhelmed, which brings us oh-so-nicely onto our next point.
For a lot of children, new countries can be pretty overwhelming and sometimes even scary. It’s a completely different environment where everyone and everything sounds or looks different, so it’s not surprising that kids can get a little confused.
By preparing them beforehand and teaching them a little of the language, you’ll help them to quickly adapt and feel less worried, letting you all enjoy your trip away.
It’ll also help with your peace of mind. You know that your child is capable of understanding and interacting with others, which increases their safety ten-fold. We don’t know about you, but that’d be a huge perk of language learning to us.
Kids absolutely love to make new friends, no matter where they are in the world. Make it easier for them by breaking down the barriers in their communication. If they can communicate a little with children from different countries, they’re going to have far more fun or your holiday – and you may get twenty minutes to finally put your feet up!
By being able to talk to others, this will also help your child to improve their own language skills. They’ll start to pick up on new words and see the importance of being able to speak in their new language. They’ll gain valuable practice all whilst playing and enjoying their holiday.
If you go to a new country and your little one doesn’t know how to communicate with others, they’re going to be totally reliant upon you. Whilst this isn’t terrible, it isn’t really the best way to encourage their independence.
If they can communicate, even just a little, without your help – even tiny things like being able to read and order from a menu – you’re going to be teaching them to do things for themselves. This is so important for children.
This independence is a skill your son or daughter will carry with them for the rest of their lives and, when they’re older and jetting off around the world on their own, you’ll be thankful you nurtured it.
Okay, so this one might be more for us parents than our kids, but everyone wants to feel proud about their children, right? There are very few feelings greater than that. Being able to watch your child adapt, understand and communicate in different countries is so rewarding as a parent. Not many kids would be able to do it, which makes the fact that yours can even better!
At One Third Stories, we really value everything that travelling can teach a child. We think it’s one of the best ways to help them learn and grow as a little human being, and learning a new language only enhances that.
If you’d like to aid your child’s language skills, we have just the thing for you. Our easy to read, engaging children’s books use our very own Clockwork Methodology™ to help your little one start learning a new language today. They’re designed to be fun, educational and – most importantly – effective; take a peep at how it all works to find out more.