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Foreign Language Camps

How great is this? Just in time for summer, a list of foreign language camps for children located in both North and Central America. You can always brush up with Early Lingo DVDs before and after camp! How I wish these camps had been around when I was younger. I was the kid in the...

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Tips for Teachers

While there are so many great early childhood learning centers with foreign language programs – or those looking to introduce them –  plenty of preschool and elementary teachers are looking for new and fun ways to teach children world languages. Why not try Colorforms, the reusable stick-ons that children love to play with. I had...

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How to Practice Speaking a Foreign Language

When I visit preschools and elementary schools, I always ask children how they are practicing the foreign languages they speak. Most of them tell me they talk to people who speak the language, while others use flashcards. Today there are so many different options from books, to CDs, to Early Lingo DVDs(!), apps, television programs,...

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Mixing Languages

People often ask me whether or not it is okay to speak to their child in more than one language, or  if it is best to expressly use one language. I explain to them that mixing languages is perfectly acceptable, in fact, in Europe and Asia, many different languages are spoken in the home and...

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Little Worldly Children

This week, one of the schools I visited was Cottage Enrichment. The director’s philosophy is that “the teacher is a guide to a world of unlimited possibilities”. She told me how she speaks and reads to the children in various languages such as Spanish, French and Korean. And each week they celebrate a different culture...

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Fight for Foreign Languages!

In 2008 at a town hall meeting in Ohio, President Obama admitted that he was embarrassed that he doesn’t speak a foreign language. He also said that “Americans should learn a foreign language” and that we (as Americans) should “want children with more knowledge”. However, due to the economic climate and budgetary cutbacks, elementary schools...

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Greece – It’s “cool” to learn foreign languages

A Greek friend of mine told me last week that in Greece, it becomes “vogue” to learn several languages. The more you know, the “cooler” you are. Kids are encouraged to take classes outside of school with tutors and at language centers where they learn German, Italian, Spanish etc. In school, they already learn English...

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My Inspiration

Here’s my little one studying the cover of an Early Lingo DVD. I began creating the foreign language series well before he was born in order to give him an educational tool that would help him later in life. I’ve been speaking Italian to him from day one, and it’s so exciting to now see...