Learning can be challenging, so finding a fresh approach to keep things interesting is key! I’ve been looking for ways to mix up my son’s language learning to expand his understanding and keep him interested in learning more.
For the past month, we’ve tried our hand at learning some Spanish! He’s become fascinated with how to say things in different languages, and we’ve been playing a Chinese-Arabic-English game for a few months. I’d say something in English, like “Thank you” and then he would repeat the same phrase in Arabic and then in Chinese. It worked great verbally, but I’ve been trying to find ways to have him see the written words as well.
I received a packet of FlashSticks in Spanish, and we tried out a new game. A language hodge podge of sorts!
I have some Arabic words stuck on fabric flashcards stuck around my house. I challenged him to match the Spanish FlashStick with the corresponding word in Arabic.
He loved this game – it was a mini language mystery, and I even learned some new Spanish words too!
He got too good at this, so we upped the ante a bit, and I challenged him to make sentences by mixing and matching the Arabic and Spanish FlashSticks together. Like this picture for example…
It would be translated in English to say “Hello World.” The “Hello” is in Arabic, and the “World” is in Spanish!
Being monolingual, I do often struggle with whether I should learn the language with him or if I should just be the “guide on the side.”
FlashSticks made it very easy for me to even start memorizing some of the Spanish words and since I could stick them around the house, it was a good friendly reminder to practice every day.
Even for both of us, playing around mixing the languages up was a cool way to appreciate just how interesting languages, of all kinds, can be.
I’d highly recommend you grab a pack of FlashSticks, in one of four different languages, and set aside some time to explore them with your budding linguist.
Here’s how I added a twist to get the most out of my pack of FlashSticks!
Next time you’re looking for a way to combine language learning and fun try mixing and matching your child’s target language with their native language.
For my son, it was the first time I think he was able to compare the written languages to see just how different they were.
It was an instant confidence booster for him to see that he knew more than me, plus he was able to play around with forming sentences and short phrases, which was super cool!
It is a great way to test their understanding of how words connect and to challenge them to find new ways to tie words together!
What other creative ways have you made language learning fun?
We’d love to hear them and try them out too 🙂