My 3 year-old nephew is learning English.
I have a 3 year-old nephew, and my brother doesn't speak English at all, neither does my sister-in-law. When my nephew was almost 1 year old, my brother asked me if I could teach him, and of course I said "yes".
At the beginning, I talked to him in English only (at that time, he didn't know how to speak, even in Spanish). When he was around 2, he was able to speak and I taught him numbers (from 1 to 12), and he learned them just by repetition. After that, I taught him colours, then animals, and fruits, and he learned them all in the same way: repetition.
Now he knows most of them... he can pronounce them and his English words are very understandable, and he can say long sentences in Spanish, so I started to teach him basic phrases, such as Hello, how are you? My name is (...), I am (...) years old, etc.
He loves computers (same as his father: my brother), so I thought How can I take advantage of that? The answer was pretty easy... I showed him Duolingo... and every time he comes to my house, we study together here, "playing" with the basics 1 skill. He enjoys it, because he looks at it as a game, so it is good for him because he has fun and at the same time, he is learning.
His kindergarten teacher told my brother that he has an impressive level of English, very advanced, considering his age and that in Chile people don't speak English very much.
Well, after this I could say I feel kind of proud. I am doing a good job... well, we... Duolingo and me :-)
P.S. He loves the Green Owl, and he calls it "Mi mascota" (My pet).
He's a lucky kid. I wish someone taught me another language like that when I was younger!
yeah... I was agreeing that I wish I had been taught a second language at a young age. The forums are dangerous.
The forums are very dangerous. From extremist groups being present on Duolingo to those downvoter trolls.
Hm so the down voters are trolls.... then that explains why down votes look so bad. ;P (I am just kidding).
What an awesome uncle your nephew has! :) That's great to hear, and it seems like he is well on his way to becoming a young bilingual speaker. Keep at it!
Yes. I checked that out. And this post was +21... 30 minutes ago. Do you know if there is some way to know who these trolls are?
It's a real pity that this is happening :-(
Not for regular users and moderators, no. There may be some way for admins to see it, but I'm not sure at all.
Yes! I wonder how many trolls are around here, downvoting useful, real and helpful people.
That's really brilliant!
I have a 1.5 year old sister who I plan on teaching Dutch.
Have you got any tips for helping toddlers learn their native language and a second one at the same time?
I think if you talk to them in both languages would be awesome. If you teach a second language, just try teaching them words only, no grammar, no sentences. Once they are able to speak their native language well (being able to make sentences by themselves), you should teach them how to make sentences. In my opinion, the best way to teach a kid is by repetition, watching videos or listening to music in the language you are teaching.
You can also go for a walk with him/her, and say the objects you see in the street in the language you are teaching (for example, yo go to the park and say how you say "grass, traffic light, tree, car, bicycle", etc.
Thank you! They're starting to catch on to the fact that I say different words to the rest of my family but they still mean the same.
She also is starting to say, for example, 'schoenen' to me, and 'shoes' to everyone else. Which is great!
Thanks for help :) Also I dont understand why two ignorant people disliked your post...
I think that it is a great pride if you teach a second language to someone who you love. I wish you all the best in your teaching, you will see how nice will be when she starts speaking in Dutch, especially being a little child. :)
Don't worry. I think there are many trolls around here, wasting their time downvoting discussions. They are not even ignorant people, they are trolls trying to "bother" people who really want to learn languages, like us.
yeah... in Chile people don't talk very much English, I'm the only guy in my class who see videos in English, I'd like to have any member in my family who speak English or other language like you
That is so awesome!! Such a great uncle! Both of my children also are using duo to learn new languages. Cutest thing ever to watch them talk in Italian to each other.