Foreign languages to become compulsory at KS2 in 2014

2014 is just around the corner and lots of us are coming up with New Year’s resolutions. With compulsory foreign languages being introduced into the primary level curriculum imminent, why not give your child a head start in the classroom with a language course designed specifically for kids?

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BBC Children’s Series Now In Manx Gaelic

Children on the Isle of Man, UK, will now have the chance to learn Manx Gaelic by watching the BBC’s Children’s animated series, ‘Friends and Heroes’.  The series has already been translated into 11 languages and has now added Manx Gaelic. It is available with English subtitles to make it easier to pick up the language. Manx Gaelic is the native language of the Isle of Man. In 2009, it was officially declared ‘extinct’ by Unesco but it has since made a remarkable revival.

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WE LOVE MUZZY! Muzzy Review Coming Soon!

bbc muzzy 20th anniversary edition level 2We love Muzzy. We really do and it seems that so do many of you as the famous BBC Muzzy is still one of the best and most innovative language courses for kids on the market today. Just put on the DVD and see your young kids captivated by their new language. This could be the most important gift you ever give your child. And, what’s more, we have a young mum trying out this BBC muzzy course on her two little boys as we speak. Her review will be coming soon!

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British School Children Must Learn Languages To Boost UK Economy In The Future

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) recently said that it should be compulsory for British school children to learn languages at school right up until they are 16 years old. The need for the next generation of school children to learn languages comes from their concern that the UK is not taking advantage of new markets such as India, China, Russia and Brazil. The lack of people in the UK with the necessary language skills could potentially hinder business with these fast-growing markets.

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New Year, New Muzzy

bbc-muzzy-20th-anniversary-edition-level-1BBC Muzzy is still one of the best and most innovative language courses for kids on the market.   Currently available as a BBC Muzzy 20th Anniversary Edition language course, the program includes ALL five of the languages – French, Spanish, German, Italian and English.  Your child can focus on just one language – or dip in and out of all five.   [Read more…]

Get Your Kids Learning Languages With The Lingo Show TV Series!

The Lingo Show is a 10 minute TV programme filled with songs, stories and cartoons to encourage young children to learn languages. The Lingo Show has a new series starting on the 12th March 2012 on CBeebies (BBC). The first series will look at Mandarin Chinese, French and Spanish.

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Bilingual Homes Aid Language Learning For Babies

A study conducted by the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, has revealed that children who are raised in bilingual homes, increases the likelihood that they will have a greater capacity to learn languages for longer during their lifetime, than those who are not raised in bilingual homes.

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Singing Songs To Children Could Prepare Them For Language Skills

A new book published in June 2011 by Sally Goddard Blythe called ‘The Genius of Natural Childhood’ claims that parents who sing to their child can prepare their brains for language.

“Song is a special type of speech. Lullabies, songs and rhymes of every culture carry the ‘signature’ melodies and inflections of a mother tongue, preparing a child’s ear, voice and brain for language.” [Read more…]

Give A Kid A Language Gift

kids-french-language-littles-dollLooking for something different to give your children this year? We have hand-picked our top language gifts for kids so they can start to learn another language and find out about other cultures.  Give a kid the gift of language this holiday and it will last a lifetime!  Happy holidays! [Read more…]

MANDARIN CHINESE LANGUAGE COURSES FOR KIDS

language advantage brings you the best and most innovative language courses for children to learn Mandarin Chinese. Get the Chinese language advantage for kids!


01 Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii My Chinese coach

kids-chinese-coach-nintendo-dsCan’t get your kids off their DS? Well let them learn while they play! This Chinese language game, available on both the Nintendo DS and the Nintendo Wii, teaches you Chinese in small chunks and then introduces tonnes of games to help you practice.
for more information and to buy, browse our Language Advantage Kids shop on amazon.co.uk>>
for more information and to buy, browse our Language Advantage Kids store on amazon.com>>

02 carry an electronic Mandarin Chinese dictionary translator

Fun and colourful, this handheld dictionary will give your kids the Chinese word they are looking for immediately. It will help build their vocabulary, especially when used on location in Chinese-speaking countries!
for more information and to buy a dictionary translator from Ectaco>>

03 get a Chinese-speaking Language Littles toy doll

kids-chinese-language-littles-dollThese lovely little toy dolls will enchant your child, and will also help them learn a language while playing – these dolls speak Chinese as well as English!  Each Language Little will recite between 25 and 30 phrases with the help of a sound chip in the dollâ??s tummy – including greetings, numbers, colours and days of the week. Language Littles toy dolls are not currently available on amazon.co.uk
for more information and to buy, browse our Language Advantage Kids store on amazon.com>> 

04 Vocabulary Builder Learn Mandarin Chinese

kids-chinese-vocabulary-builderA CD-ROM for children who are beginning in Chinese, with speech recognition, so that your kids can record their voices and then play them back in a cinema show! Great fun and packed full of games. Over 100 words including colours, numbers, actions and simple sentences.   For ages from 4 to 12 – but popular with adults too!
for more information and to buy from our Language Advantage Kids shop on amazon.co.uk>>
for more information and to buy from our Language Advantage Kids store on amazon.com>>


Other ways to learn Chinese for kids:
more Mandarin Chinese language courses and dictionaries for children on amazon.co.uk>>
more Mandarin Chinese language courses and dictionaires for children on amazon.com>>
more Mandarin Chinese language cd-rom software for children on amazon.co.uk>>
more Mandarin Chinese language cd-rom software for children on amazon.com>>


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