Living in a multilingual environment is fabulous, but when your child is learning their 3rd, 4th or even 5th language, it can be tough. It’s nice to know there are some really useful resources out there to help you along the way. Here’s four we’ve found and enjoyed lately.
This reading programme for kids has been set up to teach German as a second language. It also includes the texts in Turkish, Polish, Russian, Italian, Arabic and English so that the child (and parent) can listen in their mother tongue to understand it before listening and reading in German. The beauty of this site is that you can switch languages at any stage throughout the story, allowing your child to compare languages and develop vocabulary. As well as these interactive stories at 3 different levels which can be read or listened to, you will also find lots of games, and audio stories.
Featuring clips of different lengths in German from a variety of television shows, this site also has a games section which includes quizzes and karaoke. A big hit with our 6 year old were the shows she already knew in English, and the shorter length clips were perfect to keep her interested and not overwhelmed by too much German at once.
Aimed at pre-school, primary and secondary students, this website offers a collection of links to sites offering exercises and educational games for all levels of French learners. Games, interactive stories, mathematics, science and more await, and the administrators aim to provide links that are free and without advertising which are checked regularly to ensure the validity of the sites. A great collection of resources all in one place!
Children’s Books Forever
Hans Wilhelm created this site in order to share with everyone a collection of his stories, both ones that he has written and some by other authors that he illustrated. The stories have been scanned onto the site and are available in 12 different languages for you to read to your child, or for those already reading to enjoy independently. This website has been kept free of advertising to ensure the pure enjoyment of the books, and new titles are added regularly.
Haven’t listed your child’s favourite online language resource? Give us the details in the comments below and we’ll pop it in for you!
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