A trilingual friend once said,
“Speaking more than one language is so innately human. Anyone who needs or wants to can learn a second language.”
Multi-language Resources for preschoolers and elementary age children.
Muzzy. Muzzy, a BBC production, is a language acquisition program that is fun for kids and has been used worldwide for many years. The program currently offers 8 world languages. The story is a bit quirky but very engaging for young kids. Thankfully, over the past few years they have added new graphics and a number of fun online language learning games and tools. I recommend this for preschool and early elementary school aged children.
Little Pim. Little Pim is recommended for 6 months to 6 years of age and is available in 12 different languages (including English). I like the clarity and repetition of the language being presented. The graphics and visual aids are also delightful.
Multi-language Resources for all ages.
1) Gus on the Go. Gus on the Go is a great app for beginning learners. Available in 28 languages, it is a fun graphics app geared toward children but also enjoyed by beginning adult learners.
2) Duolingo. Duolingo is a free online learning tool great for learning a new language. While you learn, you also help the translation of texts into other languages. It also has a free smart phone app so you can learn your new language anywhere.
3) Michel Thomas Method. A good friend used this method before traveling to France. He enjoyed the learning approach and felt very comfortable conversing in French after having used it. Michel Thomas Method offers language courses in 12 different languages.
4) Rosetta Stone. Rosetta Stone has become popular with a number of local homeschooling families and homeschool cooperatives.
5) Babbel. Babbel offers courses in 14 languages with a monthly subscription. It has applications that you can easily download as well as online coursework.
6) Simon and Schuster’s Pimsleur. This program in an online fee based learning program created by Dr. Pimsleur, an expert in applied linguistics. It boasts over 50 languages and also offers English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.
8) FluentU teaches 9 different languages through active engagement with a variety of different types of videos. Videos includes captions, definitions and other details and it allows you to stop and explore segments in more depth.
9) Rocket Languages offers language learning courses in 13 languages. The program includes interactive audio lessons combined with cultural lessons and reenforcement testing.
10) BBC Languages offers more 40 language learning tools that cover a wide range for beginner learners for all ages. The program breaks down sounds and syllables and provide clear annunciation to help learners distinguish new sounds.
Search the links below for Language Specific Resources.
Chinese Mandarin Online Resources
About Dual Language Programs:
Dual Language Programs are becoming more present in the public school sector. These programs have had substantial success in closing the gap for English Language Learners as compared with previous bilingual transitional programs. To learn more about dual language programs, see our blog and read this study published by Berkeley.