https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChristofHarper

advice for children

I am getting my family (and an adopted member) to learn german with me. My son (12) and I are doing fine with duolingo so far, as is my "adopted sister." (My wife is very dedicated to her reverse spanish tree right now and will catch up)

We want to practice immersion in the home. This is made a bit easier by my sister being a native Yiddish speaker.

The other children involved are 8 and 4. For my eight year old, the concept of duolingo is nice, but the exercises are a bit hard on her typing and spelling skills. My 4 year old, well (ever notice how toddlers use german grammar anyway?).

Are there any good sources similar to duolingo that you know of for the earlier age groups that will keep up with us using the duolingo tree?

September 8, 2015

18 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/widle

Has the eight year old tried the web version, or the mobile one? The mobile app requires less typing, some of it is replaced by just tapping on the words. It might be easier for her.

September 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carolyn250

Just as children learn to speak before they write- I would make lessons for a four year old oral, and the more "game-like" and fun the better. Perhaps the older children who are mastering the vocabulary could tell the little one to "Go to the... (German word for a household item)" or "Find the..." As she dresses or picks out clothing, the German words could be used. All sorts of opportunities at the dinner table as well for the older ones to name the foods and utensils in German for the little one to hear, or name items seen outside the window on a car trip.

September 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChristofHarper

Yep! that's why we are working on the idea of household immersion and doing it all together.

There could be some utility and success in learning programs and applications as well, I just haven't found anything specific for the younger ages.

September 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Abendbrot

You could play: "Ich sehe was, was du nicht siehst." (~I see something which you don't see)

Ich sehe was, was du nicht siehst und das ist blau. - hmm, der blaue Pullover. - Richtig, mein blauer Pullover. Jetzt bist du dran. / Jetzt bist du an der Reihe.

September 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Abendbrot

or you play little puzzles. An Example:

Es ist grün. - eine Gurke! - Ja, aber das meinte ich nicht.

Es ist grün und es schmeckt gut. - Ein .... Ich weiß es nicht.

Es ist grün und es schmeckt gut und es hat viele kleine, schwarze Kerne. - Ein Kiwi. - Richtig!

September 10, 2015

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    Hmm... I know a few apps that have German nursery rhymes. I don't think you can do anything about the typing, except maybe your eight year old could practice her typing and spelling skills? This isn't the best advice, but it's all I could think of for now. Hope it helps, -Joy.

    September 8, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/girlpolyglot

    I would have her here you speak and play everything in german.

    September 8, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChristofHarper

    That is part of the immersion in the household. ANd it will probably be the main part of the actual learning. Both of the younger girls would like something that they can do on a computer to feel included.

    September 8, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/girlpolyglot

    Games, videos, movies, songs, etc...?

    September 8, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChristofHarper

    yah, those are the sorts of things I'm asking about. less the movies, I guess, games being the most interactive.

    September 8, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Grumpycat1

    there are many nice songs.......with acceptable lyrics for children.....by Wir sind helden or Juli.....do lesson repetitions with the youngest and say every sentence aloud...or try Peppa Wurst the piglet....that is adequate

    September 8, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChristofHarper

    Peppa wutz looks interesting. Wish there were subtitles. Wir sind Helden the band from the 2000s?

    September 8, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Grumpycat1

    yes

    September 9, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/San196999

    this might not be the most interactive thing, but you could read fairytales to them if they watch disney movies like snow white, sleeping beauty, cinderella, etc. they might find it interesting that the original version is German, and if they already know the main story it should be easier for them to understand (some stories might be a bit difficult because they were written a long time ago) here is a website were you can find lots of famous fairytales: http://maerchen-welt.eu/deutsche_maerchen.htm

    September 9, 2015

    [deactivated user]

      You should mainly focus on your own learning (kids need good examples) and then dedicate some time each day to practice with them. Speak simple phrases in German, especially when asking them for things and encourage them to reply in German. But don't be too strict or it won't be fun. You could also watch German children's movies (Märchenfilm) with English subtitles. There are lots of them on YouTube. You may also want to look up some homeschooling sites to see how they teach languages.

      Good luck!

      September 11, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChristofHarper

      Yes, very good. As homeschoolers who write a lot of howtos, we do definitely practice some alternative learning methods. Which is why we are using the household immersion project for German.

      Which gets into the resources themselves. Younger themed games are apparently not a thing. Now I've found a few Märchenfilm with english subtitles by searching, to add to the Peppa Wutz (which I haven't found subtitled, yet)

      September 11, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_ava_a24

      Well classic reading books in German and translating them for him/her will help probably!

      September 9, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChristofHarper

      The 8 year old is, oddly, really getting into the duolingo. It's hard on her for typing the english (typing and spelling) but she's doing pretty good.

      September 12, 2015
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