Little Pim's Easter Coloring Page [PRINTABLE]

Hop, hop, hop into a new language with Little Pim! Celebrate the upcoming Easter holiday by printing out this free Little Pim Easter Coloring Page for your little ones.

We’d love to see their finished creation, so please share your photo with us using the #littlepim on Instagram, Twitter, or tag us on Facebook! Also if you’re teaching your child a new language with Little Pim - Languages for Kids, post a photo or video of them watching our series and we’ll send you a free panda plush!

We hope you all have a fabulous Spring and Easter holiday for those celebrating!

If you’re interested in teaching your child a foreign language, take advantage of our Spring sale for 50% off your first 3 months of Little Pim’s Unlimited Subscription with code HOP50.

How To Use Little Pim Effectively

How To Use Little Pim Effectively

Congratulations on choosing the most effective method for introducing babies, toddlers, and pre-schoolers to a second or third language at the time they learn best. The series is especially designed to take advantage of the critical window when young minds are hard-wired to learn up to three languages with ease, which is up to six years old.

Why Should My Child Learn a Foreign Language?

There are numerous benefits of learning a second language early in life. Children who are consistently exposed from a very young age to the sounds of a foreign language are more likely to achieve native or near-native fluency in adulthood and have a much easier time learning other languages later in life. Research shows that these children also tend to have stronger verbal, cognitive and analytical skills – giving them a head start in school.

Simply put, learning a second language boosts brain power, even if the child does not achieve total fluency.

2019 New Year Resolutions for Foreign Language Learners

With 2019 rapidly approaching, now is the time to think about resolutions that can help make your family's language-learning goals more attainable than ever. Check out these ideas, inspired by an article last year on Eurocentres.com-  

  • Spend an hour a week practicing speaking with a native speaker in the target language

  • Go out to eat and order a meal in a restaurant using the target language

  • Watch one foreign- language film every week (with or without subtitles!)

  • Keep a diary in the target language and write in it at least three times a week

  • Learn all of the lyrics of a favorite song in the target language

  • Read a book or news article in the target language on a scheduled basis (i.e. once daily or weekly)

We love these ideas as they would also be great for family-time together studying another language!

From all of us here at Little Pim, we wish you and your families the very best for a happy 2019! :)

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas for your Little World Explorers

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Photo by freestocks.org on Unsplash

It’s hard to believe how quickly the holiday season has come and gone this year! For the last-minute gift, check out a few ideas for further cultivating your child’s love of learning using gifts to reinforce knowledge of other cultures and languages!

Books

As a non-native speaker in a few foreign languages, some of my favorite books are those that I can’t yet read to my children. Audiobooks that teach popular songs in a target language can be helpful for hearing pronunciation in a slow and repetitive fashion, while being catchy and sticking in one’s head. For older children, parents can also work together with them on translating the text. One great example is from a company who produces a variety of French books for young kids (their Christmas edition is Mes premières comptines de Noel - My First Christmas Stories [ French ] ). Each book typically has short snippets from six songs opposite colorful artwork.

Another company that has similar books has some in Spanish and will soon have some in Chinese. Or, for recommendations on music in a few other languages, check out this recent blogpost from Multicultural Kid Blogs on Christmas Music in Different Languages, which mentions some other audiobooks and CDs.

Activity books such as sticker books are another idea for young kids to learn about other cultures. There are some wonderful ones such as this one about Flags around the World.

Games

Growing up, one of my favorite games was a board game called Passport to the World, which had an talking airplane that would ask questions about the 7 continents, and whoever gathered a token from each continent first won the game. While that game is now a collector’s item, another item that appears to have a similar concept and would probably be good for older kids as well as adults is Passport to Culture.

For younger kids, options like bilingual versions of Scrabble or Bananagrams are often other great ideas and can encourage one to think in a foreign language.

Globes

I haven’t been able to purchase this toy globe yet myself, but another site recommended it and it sounds like a great idea for exposing children to foreign language and other countries- apparently it plays authentic music from 39 different areas around the world!

Other ideas

Integrating second language vocabulary while doing activities with your child, such as colors and shapes through arts and crafts or kitchen vocabulary while baking or cooking, can be wonderful ways to show the real world applicability of another language. Any product that can bring enhance a parent and child’s bonding is ultimately the best way to go!

For even more gift ideas, check out one of our previous blog posts all the way back from 2011, which has ideas even for babies under a year of age, as well as for adults who are looking to share their love of language with their children.

Best wishes for the happiest holidays from all of us here at Little Pim!

12 Days of Little Pim Giveaways - 2018

In the spirit of the holiday season, we're giving away Little Pim Digital Discovery Sets ($49.99 value) in your choice of 12 languages during our 12 Days of Giveaways event. The set includes your choice of Little Pim's award-winning foreign language videos available in 12 languages and our Little Pim Panda Plush. The videos are sent instantly to your email address and the Panda Plush will be mailed to you. 

You can enter to win a free Little Pim Digital Discovery Set up to three times per day by liking or sharing our post on our Facebook page, Instagram, or by retweeting our tweets on Twitter. Twelve lucky winners will receive the gift of a new language for their little ones this season.

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The more your participate, the greater your odds of winning! Starting Saturday, December 14th, we will choose one lucky winner per day at midnight EST.

You can also enter the giveaway, by filling out the form below (limit three entries per day per household):

Check back here daily to see if you're one of the lucky winners. Winners will also be notified via email and/or social media. Comment below with any questions. Good Luck and Happy Holidays!

Day 1 Winner: Randi W. from Instagram

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Fostering bilingualism for babies of monolingual parents

It is not uncommon that many monolingual parents want to give their children the opportunities they may not have had to learn a second language from an early age. Yet not being fluent in the target language themselves, they hesitate as they think they can't possibly be successful at achieving such a hefty goal. Some advise hiring a native speaker and letting them do all the work, but this is not always possible for a variety of reasons. What then, is the eager parent to do? Is it even worth thinking about?

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Photo by Sue Zeng on Unsplash

One study published last summer displayed that it is indeed possible for little ones from monolingual homes to successfully acquire a second language. The study reviewed a play-based curriculum in Spain that sought to teach English to children under age 3 using "parentese" or a speech technique commonly employed when speaking to babies through simple vocabulary terms in a high-pitched sing-song type voice. With an hour of English sessions a day in under 5 months, the children receiving this form of instruction had significant improvements compared to the control group in a standard bilingual program, producing over 5 times as many English words or phrases per child per hour compared to their peers. Follow-up testing months later again reinforced these results. The lead researcher concluded that even the youngest of children from monolingual homes can develop bilingual skills. 

“With the right science-based approach that combines the features known to grow children’s language, it is possible to give very young children the opportunity to start learning a second language, with only one hour of play per day in an early education setting,” Dr. Ramirez said. “This has big implications for how we think about foreign-language learning.”

Studies repeatedly display that the earlier a person learns another language, the easier it will be for them. No age is too young. Babies have a fantastic ability to learn, and, whether from a monolingual or bilingual environment, learning a second language is certainly possible!

Visit https://www.washington.edu/news/2017/07/17/bilingual-babies-study-shows-how-exposure-to-a-foreign-language-ignites-infants-learning/ for more information about this study and its significance for our children!

2018-2019 Best Homeschooling Program Award

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We’re delighted and honored to announce that we have won the Best Homeschooling Programs & Resources of 2018-19 award from HowToHomeschool.net. With hundreds of nominations and rigorous criteria to win, we’re deeply grateful for this recognition and remain committed to the homeschooling community for yet another year.

With the launch of our new online subscription, you receive unlimited access to all videos (both past and future) in 12 languages (currently 30+ hours of content), instructor guides, printable weekly lessons, and fun activities! Whether your child is studying a second language at home or school, consider a free 3 day trial to get started today!

How not to forget the second language one learns in school

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One of the most frustrating things with learning a second language in our school system today is that the majority of students report forgetting the language as soon as they stop classes. Use it or lose it, they say. If forgetting what they learned, did they ever really know it to begin with? Most likely, no- Memorizing vocabulary and conjugation lists, for example, is extremely different from the true immersion one faces when traveling to a foreign country. Additionally, when it's all summed up, the little amount of time allocated in the average school to foreign language learning is nowhere near the amount of time needed to become able to actively use the language in real life. 

How then do we work to apply and remember what students learn? A blogpost on bornglobals.com names a few of the ways on how to enhance learning a foreign language so it's never forgotten:

  • Language meetings- Consider starting a "Parent & Me" playgroup in your local neighborhood for younger kids, or a cultural interest club for older ones who are more on their own. Kids learn from playing with each other and mimicking what their peers are doing. Regularly conversing with one another in person reinforces the real-world applicability of why one learns a second language in the first place, making it fun and worthwhile.

  • Music and movies- It is important to use active learning with these. The parent (or teacher/tutor) should sit with the child and constantly pause any program to review what they are seeing and hearing. Such resources should be used as a springboard for ideas for vocabulary that is age-appropriate. With music, sing along and have fun! Catchy tunes can stick in the head, teaching lyrics while relaxing and enjoying oneself. Little Pim, for example, has music CD's available in Spanish and French, each offering some classic nursery rhymes as well as new original songs to learn high yield vocabulary from.

  • Audiobooks- Listen to authentic dialogue whenever possible- in the car, on a walk, or during down-time at home. Of course, the original foundation of the Pimsleur language system is learning through listening. Again, this should be active if possible. Book groups, for example, are a great way to reflect on one's comprehension. Choosing books with themes one's interested in is of course an added plus!  

Additional tips from others are: 

  • Set aside time each week to use the target language. Concentrate first on the basics that you will use over and over again. Pattern recognition is a great way to store up information for the long-term.

  • Go into language learning with no particular expectations. Avoid putting pressure on oneself or others. Languages are here to bring each other closer together. Enjoy the journey and above all, have fun!


For more reading on how not to forget a foreign language, check out: 

https://bornglobals.com/en/2016/06/how-not-to-forget-a-foreign-language-5-proven-ways/
https://blog.thelinguist.com/how-not-to-forget-foreign-languages
https://www.mezzoguild.com/why-we-forget-the-language-we-learned-in-school/