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March 3rd, 2009, 07:26 AM
Momma Jo's Avatar Monsters Ed
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When and, or more importantly, HOW do you start introducing a second language? Here the second language in the white community (for lack of a better phrase) here is Afrikaans. We don't speak it at home, but I do have Afrikaans family. Duncan wants to learn to speak the language, and we'll have Afrikaans as a subject next year (Gr2).

Do any of you have experience with introducing a new language to 7 or 8 year olds?
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March 3rd, 2009, 08:36 AM
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We have German family so we are trying to teach our kids German and will be starting Latin next year. Right now we just speak it at home whenever possible and also use a program called Rosetta Stone.

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March 3rd, 2009, 01:04 PM
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We've done some Latin. At this age I like conversational learning (and the thought of conversational Latin makes me giggle since it's not spoken anymore). It's a lot more important for a kid to know how to ask "Where is the bathroom" than to know what a second declension noun is. We've also done some Spanish. We have Rosetta Stone and I know a little bit of Spanish myself. We have a lot of Spanish speaking people in this are which is why we went with Spanish.

For the next couple years we're going to do an introduction to lots of languages. Just light, conversational stuff. We're going to start with Romanian because it's very close to Latin and they already know some Latin and because my sister, BIL, and my nephew, are living in Romania right now and are rapidly becoming fluent in Romanian. We talk to them sometimes on Skype so they can even try out some of their Romanian skills with their cousin in a live voice chat.

Ultimately, though, my idea with introducing them to several languages now is so that when they "need" to have a foreign language they can make an educated decision as to what they want to learn in depth. Plus if/when we go to Europe they'll be able to ask for that all-important bathroom.

Oh, Ani and Cameron have also been taught some things in Farsi by our next door neighbors. They are Muslim and from one of those Middle Eastern countries (Iran, I think, but I'm not sure) and speak Farsi in the home. It's really helpful for kids to be taught by other kids because they always do it just how it works best naturally it seems.

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March 3rd, 2009, 06:06 PM
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We are doing Latin next fall. I learned French in school, but can't remember any of it now. LOL
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March 3rd, 2009, 09:47 PM
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we will eventually lwarn spanish, because more than half of our population here in your city is mexican, and then French, because my husband is from Canada, and alot of canadians speak french, and finally whatever language Phillinos speak, because my husband is half philipino, and his mother is total.

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March 3rd, 2009, 10:46 PM
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We will probably do spanish as it is the most common and useful where we are (and the only other language that I know a little of), but we may also do German as my dh has some german in his family. We will wait to do anything formal until high school so we can use the credit, but we do a little here and there now, just for fun


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March 4th, 2009, 03:02 PM
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He's learning Spanish as DH's family talks mainly Spanish. They know English very well but usually slip into Spanish mid sentence. I want him to know at least 4 languages well by college.

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