6 Ways To Make Second Language Learning Fun

6 Ways To Make Second Language Learning Fun

I understand that this post probably won’t be relevant for most of my readers. Despite this, I decided to still write it in the hopes that one day, I can inspire someone!

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been studying the subject of raising children to be bilingual. While I don’t have any kids of my own yet, I do have two younger siblings – a five year old and an eight month old – who I can easily start teaching the Spanish language!

No, they won’t grow up being bilingual, although that would be pretty cool! I don’t know enough of the language myself yet to be able to do that … but I can do different, fun activities with them to teach them the basics. I’ve already started doing that, and I’ll be sure to talk about that in my next post on this subject!

In this post, I’d like to share with you 6 ways to make second language learning fun – these are the best tips for introducing a child to a new language!

This is for anyone who would like to teach the little ones in their life a new language, whether you’re aiming for bilingualism or a basic introduction to the language.

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoy.

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1. Be positive and encouraging. Children become more confident when praised, so if you encourage their progress, however fast or slow it may be, their enjoyment of the second language will be strengthened! Keep activities positive and enjoyable; children love to have a good time.

2. Tailor to their personal interests. For example, I chose several different Spanish books from the library the other day to read to my little brother. While one of the books had caught my particular interest, he preferred another book over it and chose that one instead. I let it go so that we could have a positive experience geared toward his interests, not mine.

3. Teach them when the time is right. If they’re not in the best mood when you’re about to sit down and do an activity with them, wait for another time. Make sure that language learning is always as fun as it can be, not something they feel they have to sit through.

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4. Encourage correct pronunciation, but don’t push it. Just like with a child’s first language, they won’t be able to pronounce every word correctly the first time – even several times! They will learn best through trial and error, not frequent correction. Exhibit patience and kindness.

5. Let them learn in their own way. For example, if you’re primarily singing songs in the new language with them, but they seem to get more out of looking at books written in the new language with you, read more books. Learning a new language, especially for children, has to be a fun process. It’s the easiest way for them to learn!

6. Always make it fun! Children love to have a blast! Whatever you’ve decided to do with your child, turn it into enjoyable activities for them. Kids need positive stimulation. And wouldn’t it be awesome if they looked forward to learning the new language because of how much fun you make it? That would be wonderful!

As you can see throughout these tips, the key word here is FUN! While learning a new language can often be a tedious process, it can also be an awesome journey for children. Be on the lookout for my next post, which will be about possible things you can do to teach your child a new language!

Thanks for reading!

Do YOU have any suggestions or questions about teaching children a second language? Leave them down below!

— Maggie

I Am Satisfied

I Am Satisfied

I have spent my whole life looking for things to make me happy, to keep me occupied and bring me joy.

From hobbies, to people, to pastimes, I am searching.

I don’t stay in one place for long; I am quick to leave unfulfilling things behind, to move on, in pursuit of better options. There have even been times when I’ve optimistically returned to a dusty old interest, only to rediscover why I had abandoned it in the first place.

From interests, to friendships, to entertainment, I am looking.

I have travelled far and wide on my search for the fulfillment I need to be happy, but I have come up empty every time.

From restlessness, to loneliness, to boredom, I am wandering.

In the midst of these journeys, there is only one place that I always return to. It’s the one place that never disappoints, the one place that always nourishes my aching soul.

It’s in the arms of my Creator – the loving embrace of my Heavenly Father.

Being with Him brings me such comfort, peace, and joy … it’s unlike anything else I’ve ever known.

No matter what I’ve done, regardless of how far I’ve gone astray, He is always waiting for me to return to Him; with everlasting patience, He welcomes me back.

Living out His plan for my life is the hobby that I need.

Having Him for my closest Friend is the companionship that I need.

Experiencing His presence is the pastime that I need.

From peace, to fellowship, to contentment, I am satisfied.

I am home. ❤

Fill the void in my heart, O Lord,

Satisfy my thirst;

Through all of this, I have come to see

That You must always come first.

— Maggie

Visit the ‘His Child‘ category on my blog for more spiritual inspiration.

Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger Award

Chelia over at Pink For Days nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! 🙂

I just love the name of this specific award! It sounds so bright and cheery.

Alright, on with my answers to her questions!

  1. What is your greatest achievement? When I was 13, I wrote an 18k word novel called ‘The Dark Team.’ It’s about a sleek black pegasus and a huge black dragon. 🙂
  2. What is your biggest blogging related goal? To keep up with this specific blog for at least a year or two. I’m pretty awful about blog commitment!
  3. What’s your guilty pleasure? Different suggestive songs … such as the one I’m listening to right now. Caught in the act!
  4. If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would you pick? If actual health isn’t in the equation, macaroni and cheese. I couldn’t actually live off of it, but I never get tired of the taste!
  5. What do you do to relax once you get home from work/school? Watch YouTube, or spend time alone in my room, reading the Bible.
  6. What is you best organization tip? Don’t clutter! The less there is, the more focus there can be. Make the most of less.
  7. Tell me about the first time you did something. Anything. – The first time I was finally able to tie my shoes (I was 6, I think) was when I was standing on the sidewalk outside one of my all-time favorite restaurants – Golden Corral. I don’t remember if we had already eaten or if we were on our way in, but I was so stoked proud of myself.
  8. What was the scariest moment of your life so far? -I’d rather not get into it, but it has to do with someone I love and faulty roller coasters. But everything turned out okay.
  9. If you could date a fictional character, who would be bae? – Goodness, I have no idea; there are so many that I love. Well, Mr. Knightley would be pretty fantastic!
  10. What’s your favorite blog? Nuuuu, don’t make me choose favorites! But if you insist … I’d say The Word, which is run by a wonderful woman who posts poems she’s written, as well as Bible verses. I love it so much! She inspires me every day.
  11. Are you a saver or a spender? Saver! I have always been very conscious of my spending, and I absolutely love getting the best deal and finding ways to save money.

My questions are…

  1. What are your plans for next weekend?
  2. If you had to choose one song to describe your life right now, what would it be?
  3. What were you really into as a kid?
  4. Have you ever saved an animal’s life? How about a person’s life?
  5. Are you organized or disorganized?
  6. What’s a strange dream that you recently had? (Don’t be shy; we all have them.)
  7. Who in your life brings you the most joy?
  8. Where is the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?
  9. How often do you stay up past midnight?
  10. What’s your favorite season? Why?
  11. How much time do you usually spend on the internet? What do you usually do?

If you’re a follower of mine, consider yourself nominated!

Comment your answers down below, or write your own post. xx I’d love to see your answers!

I hope you’re having a great weekend so far!

— Maggie