Saturday, 29 December 2012
RAISING BILINGUAL CHILDREN: New language!!!
Am soooooo excited, we have a new language in the Bilingual Babes household! Schmoo's school has just started offering Mandarin as an after-school club and I just couldn't resist. I've already downloaded all the Mandarin apps I can find for the iPad, and it's amazing how many words they've picked up. I'm sure being bilingual from birth has played a huge part in their ability to pick up another language more easily. They already know that another language can be useful, they already get the concept that an object can have more than one name.
We are now one term in to Schmoo's Mandarin learning and she totally loves it. Even better, Pan-Pan is picking up quite a lot too, since it's somehow become one of our 'official' household languages! I have been seeking out anything I can find in Mandarin. Not easy, as I don't speak a word myself, so not always even sure if what I'm looking at is Mandarin, but have managed to source some great DVDs that they've watched, like Muzzy, which has a very grainy old 70s feel that they seem just as gripped by as the modern whizz-bang animation they're more used to. I'm now looking for phonic books to read with them, as I have no clue how to pronounce the characters. If anyone has any suggestions for books an English speaker could cope with, or other toys that could be helpful, that would be brilliant.
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