Emmett has certain words he always remembers in French that he loves to say. One of them is “une pomme.” Whenever we find one he points it out and says excitedly “une pomme!” When he is having trouble remembering new words in French I point to an apple and say what is this in French? He always brightens right up. “Une pomme!” he says proudly. Or sometimes it’s more of a “duh mom, une pomme, of course!” This helps keep learning fun for Emmett, and it’s also a key piece of the Pimsleur Method. My father’s method included many instances of recall affirmation – he’d’ teach you a complex phrase and right after ask if you know how to say “How are you?” Or something easy like that. “Of course I do,” you think and answer with ease. That little surge of confidence enhances your ability to remember the more complex phrases being taught.
Find your own “une pomme” with your kids and remember that affirmation and repetition are key to a child’s learning a new language. And keep it fun!
(Click on Little Pim above for our Word of the Day Coloring Pages, another way to make language learning fun and interactive!)