Bilingual Kids

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-Bonjour. -Ola. -Bonjour. -What could be more charming than having a child who speaks a foreign language whether it's French, Spanish, German, or whatever it is? Being bilingual is a skill that will reap many benefits as your child becomes an adult, from traveling abroad to learning new cultures, the possibilities are endless. Hi, I'm Sharon [unk] for Parents TV and I'm gonna show you what some of the benefits are to having a child who speaks a second language. -The children can learn so in natural way a second language without accent because I'm speaking with strong accent because I learned English as an adult, but the children they learn without any accent, any barrier, and no problem of it expressed. They just talk. They don't think about I have to learn a new language, they just learn. -[unk] -When you know a second language, you know a second culture. It is the you also can see your own culture in different eyes. -[unk]. -So they don't think, oh it's an Italian class, I have to learn this class. No. They just play with us in a natural way. The teacher what she does that is important is to repeat very slowly in Italian each words showing a flash card so the child can connect image, word. -[unk] -My name is Neil Baker. I'm the father of Robert Baker, a 3-year-old who comes here on occasion. It's not only important to me but it's important to both my wife and I that Robbie be bilingual first of all because of the things the way the world is evolving into. It's gonna be a bilingual multifaceted world. My wife is native Italian. She came here from Parma. Her family, all of her family are still in the northern Italy area. My parents, my family is from New York and we're trying to mesh both worlds. -[unk]. -I always you know speak with him in Italian and I did since he was born. He started to take Italian classes last fall because I realized that he had to know that not only mommy speak Italian or not only people in Italy speak Italian. -[unk]. -There are some families that have caretakers who speak a second language. Perhaps grandma or a foreign-speaking nanny can get your child started early. -[unk]. -I'm Betsy and I have two daughters. Sophie was 5 and Cece is almost 3. -[unk]. -Hiring a nanny that speaks another language became a priority after we started taking the classes here, and the kids liked them so much and they really had a lot of fun, and I thought like, you know, we should really enforce it more at home. Because I don't speak another foreign language fluently and because my husband doesn't, we both really wanted our kids to have that skill. We thought it was really important and one of the few practical things that kids can learn and it's so important for them to start early. -[unk]. -We present everything as a playgroup with games and songs and toys and visual aids, so children think that they are just coming to play and actually that's the best way for them to learn because they are emotionally engaged. The idea is very simple. You have to compare the brain of the child to some kind of soft wax that can be imprinted with the sounds of any language. But little by little, the wax becomes kind of cold and hard and it becomes more difficult to learn other languages. -If classes aren't an option in your area, there are also language learning tools that you can purchase for your home. -[unk]. -Professor Toto, it's a multimedia language educational series with DVDs and CDs and books to teach languages at home. With Professor Toto they are going to learn the basics, okay, not just words but full sentences like, "Hello, my name is, I'm 4 years old. I go to school and then you learn the colors, the parts of the body, counting, the alphabet, all the basics. You have to engage children emotionally. That's very important. Speak to the heart. Make them laugh. Okay. I always say that children remember the words that make them happy. -As you can see, if you want your children to be bilingual, there are many options available from language classes to foreign relatives and caretakers, to language DVDs. Remember, it's never too early to start teaching your child a second language. -Thank you for watching Parents TV, our families, our lives.