7 Easy Steps to Teach a Child a Foreign Language

Nicole Baptista
4 min readJul 30, 2020
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Teaching a child a new foreign language from scratch… sounds quite daunting, doesn’t it?

But there’s good news: children pick up languages very quickly.

They’re curious, creative, and absorb new words like sponges.

In fact, the earlier they learn a new language, the better!

There are endless reasons why your child should learn another language.

Bilingual children are more creative. They are better problem-solvers, concentrate better than monolingual kids, and will eventually have better opportunities both job and travel-wise.

You may want your child to be able to communicate with their grandparents when you take them back home during the summer holidays. Or maybe you just want them to know another language (or two).

Either way, there are ways you can play a part in doing this.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a parent, tutor, or teacher, these tips will have your child babbling away in (whichever language) in no time.

1. Repetition, Repetition, Repetition

Repetition is key when getting children to learn new vocabulary. The more you repeat a word, the better the chances they will remember it. Encourage your child to repeat each word after you. Focus on pronunciation.

There are fun ways of learning new words, such as creating rhymes and songs. Sing them together throughout the day and your child will pick up the new vocabulary quicker than you can believe.

2. Label Household Items

A fork = une fourchette (French)

This is a simple but effective way of learning new words in another language. Label kitchen items, toys, and anything your child uses frequently. Point to the items when using them and say their names in the target language.

With time, the names of the items will start to come naturally to your kid.

You can also use simple commands to help your children memorize words and phrases throughout the day. For example: ‘sit on the chair’ or ‘please make your bed’.

3. Use Gestures and Facial Expressions.

Nicole Baptista

Writer I Poet I Language Teacher. Let's talk: Spirituality, education, feminism. Also baby goat obsessed. Www.nicolebeewriter.com Insta: @nicoleandthemoon