English as Second Language (ESL) for KIDS

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English as we all know is the universal language and is very important to learn. Non-English speaking countries are far wider than the English speaking ones. When I say non-English speaking, I mean that their mother tongue is other than English. These countries use English as well in their everyday lives. The importance of learning English is immeasurable that’s why it’s best to introduce to children as early as possible. If you are serious about it, it is much better if one of the parents speak to your child in English and the other one in their native language. In this case the child will learn both and you’ll be surprise that your child will respond even if you talk in either of the said languages.

Maybe some of the parents may not be that fluent in English, but you don’t have to be fluent to help your child learn this second language. Kids only need the basic and most of the parents already have the level of English needed to help their kids. You can start by just saying “Hello”, “How are you?”, “What’s your name?” and so on and so forth. Your goal is not to make your child speak English fluently in an instant. You just have to expose them, to let them hear different English words. These kids may not know their native tongue that well yet and so you should not expect them to know English better.

There are a lot of tools that can help you with this. You can use Flashcards, Educational CD/DVDs, books especially story books. And also there are a lot of websites that can help you to do it; here are some of the kids’ sites I know:

Not all of the sites are focused just on ESL but these will surely help in teaching your child. But if you’re sure enough that you can’t do it then there is lots of Pre-school that can do the work for you, although your guidance is still needed

I myself start ESL with my daughter when she was just a baby, maybe during the first few days of her life. The problem was I cannot do what I have suggested above, you see my husband is working in another country and so I have to do it on my own. I have to speak to her in English then translate it in Tagalog (my native tongue). Sometimes I’m thinking if I’m confusing her little brain, but I get amused when she uses both languages, as if she knows that it vary in a way but the meaning is still the same. It’s quite hard but it’s paying off.

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easetravels 7 years ago from INDIA,TAMILNADU

Wow.Great efforts.Excelling out in just 2 weeks. keep it up.

All the best

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Charia Samher 7 years ago Author

Thank you, easetravels. Your comment made my day! All the best to you too!

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Haunty 7 years ago from Hungary

I think you're on the right track, Charia. Very few parents do this for their kids. I believe if we want to give every adventage to our children, teaching them English in the early years is virtually a must. I wish you and your daughter have fun in the process. :)

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Charia Samher 7 years ago Author

Thank you, Haunty. I believe so too and yes we are enjoying every bit of it.

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Lady_E 7 years ago from London, UK

Very useful info Charia. I can't believe we've both been on Hubpages for 2 months and our paths haven't crossed. Love what your doing with your daughter and thanks for the sites you've posted - I must check them out. :)

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Charia Samher 7 years ago Author

Hey Lady_E maybe we are in a different time zone. lol! Thank you, love it too! Thanks for the read! =)

Esha 7 years ago

Thanks 4 sharing these sites Mam.

All the Best

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knell63 7 years ago from Umbria, Italy

Good hug Charia,

Its true the best way for kids to pick up a second language is for one parent to concentrate on the other langugae, plus kids find learning languages so much easier and when you get older if you've learnt a couple as a child, further languages are then childs play.

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Charia Samher 7 years ago Author

Thank you for the confirmation knell, and to Esha all the best to you too! =)

Thanks to both of you for reading. =)

ESL Blog 5 years ago

You have shared some great tips and handy resources. Thanks for the hub.

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