Hola! ¿Cómo estás? That is about all I retained from my two years of Spanish. Learning a second language in high school or college is completely different than learning it as you are acquiring your first language. By 2030 40% of the population is expected to be English Language Learners (ELL), meaning English is not their primary language. In places like California those statistics have already been surpassed. The Asian population is the fastest growing group in the United States and Hispanic is second.
Hubby's family speaks Italian and Spanish, therefore he is trilingual, right? WRONG! His parents decided the boys should know how to speak English and that is the only language they used in front of their children. As an adult he resents not knowing a second language. It definitely does him a disservice since there are many advantages to knowing a second language.
Hubby and I have spoken a lot about about wanting Lil E to learn a second language. Our problem is teaching her, since neither one of us ever acquired a second language. We were unsure of how or what language we would teach her and tossed the idea around multiple times. Then I was introduced to Little Pim.
Little Pim is like a Rosetta Stone for babies. It was created in 2006 when Julia Pimsleur Levine decided that she wanted a fun way to immerse her children in French. It is available in ten different languages and consists of DVDs, books, flash cards, Cd's, and apps. Little Pim is sold as a gift set. There a variety of sets that can be purchased for every budget, right in time for the holidays. Little Pim has recently been winner of 22 awards and is an easy, fun, and effective way of teaching your child a second language.
If you could teach your child a second language, what would it be?
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. I did receive a Little Pim DVD in Spanish for review. All opinions expressed are my own.