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Best French Language Course

Updated on March 29, 2018
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A former teacher and tutor, Kenna enjoys helping children live a better life, understanding the importance of helping them become leaders.

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Whistlefritz “On Va Jouer” DVD is a successful way to conduct French language lessons for preschoolers. It is entirely in French, "Oh mon dieu!”

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Foreign Language Learning

My daughter was just under two when a pretty Italian lady spoke in her native language to my daughter and told me that my daughter understood her.

I was surprised because my daughter is clearly American and never heard Italian until this nice woman spoke to her.

This raised a question in my mind. Can infants or toddlers easily understand foreign languages because they are not yet grooved into their native language?

Bilingualism in Early Childhood Education

The National Parenting Association reports that babies can learn foreign languages with ease. Teaching a foreign language to children at an early age benefits their abilities to learn the foreign language and any other language concepts.

There is a fancy word for knowing two languages. It is called bilingualism. In a New York Times article, "Why Bilinguals Smarter," being bilingual makes people smarter. It helps people become more aware of their own language and developing an ability that keeps them sharp.

Basic French Language

Whistlefritz, Allons Danser! believes so. The company’s dedicated all French DVD, “French for Kids: On Va Jouer, Let’s Play” was fun to watch, but I could not tell what they were talking about because it was all in French.

My daughter loves French because she is a ballerina, so learning French fluently is her goal, and she is doing great with her French classes. She traveled to Quebec, Canada and practiced her French with ease.

French for Kids

Conversational French

After playing around with the DVD, I bit the bullet and had enough. I decided to put on the French subtitles. Being set in my ways it helped. I am curious, though, it appears to be easier for kids. The ones who watched it were engaged. “Hélas!”

The host, who is named Marie, is very engaging and expressive as well as entertaining. She keeps the kids engaged and speaks French very well.

There is more to the DVD than talking, conversational. There are five songs that are strategically situated between the conversational pieces. The kids totally got with the program and sang along.

I continued to work with the kids and discovered under they three enjoyed the DVD more and could easily interact with the French questions.

By my observations, infants and preschoolers can learn French with ease. Once they get past their third year, it is a little tougher. The point is start teaching your children a foreign language at an early age, preschool. They will enjoy it, too!

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      Kenna McHugh 

      3 years ago from Northern California

      Interesting.

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      Joseph Ray 

      3 years ago

      Like LeslieAdrienne said, it is proven linguistic fact that are brains are programmed to acquire a language. At some stage in our development, this programming having accomplished its purpose goes away. This usually happens as you enter the teen years is my understanding, which in the USA when we start teaching kids second languages. The reason the USA has so few bilingual people compared to other countries is because of this actually. Other countries do start earlier than we do. If you learn a second language while this programming is still in your brain, it makes learning a third or fourth language later on easier as well.

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      Kenna McHugh 

      4 years ago from Northern California

      Interesting. Is the 21 years or 21 months?

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      Leslie A. Shields 

      4 years ago from Georgia

      When children are born, they have the capacity to learn any, and/or several languages. (God did it). The language or languages they are exposed to the most often are the languages they will learn.

      The physicality that is associated with creating the specific "sounds" of any language are strengthened through the use of a specific language. Once a primary language or languages has been established in a child, the ability to easily make unique sounds associated with other languages begins to atrophy. So, at birth a child can easily learn the pronunciations of any language, but by the time they are 21, "rolling the r" in Spanish becomes difficult....

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