Use Your Computer to Your Multilingual Child’s Advantage

by Corey · 2 comments

Multilingual Living reader, Ida, sent in the following multilingual media tip.  Thank you Ida for taking the time to share this with us!

I really like that most TV and radio stations put up a lot of their material on the internet, making it accessible for anyone, anywhere, anytime. It is especially useful for us expatriates living in a different time zone!

My 3-year old often watches children’s shows in Swedish on my computer. But I try to also expose him and his brother to other kinds of programs in order to imitate how our lives would have been had we lived in Sweden. For example, I often listen to Swedish radio while I cook or do the dishes in the kitchen. Or I put on a Swedish comedy show on the weekend while the kids play in the same room. Even though the children don’t actively listen to the programs, I picture the words flying through the air into their minds, landing somewhere in their subconscious. This kind of passive listening is part of natural language acquisition!

Do a Google search for your favorite TV and radio stations from “back home” and see what kind of programs you find. Most of the time this material is accessible for free (especially when it comes to non-commercial stations), but sometimes you have to create an account where you pay a certain sum of money per month.

Thank you, Ida, for sending us this language activity!
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1 Marjan June 21, 2010 at 2:24 pm

I found recently above mentioned website. It is great for Dutch speakers. My kids are asking me all the time when they can play the computer games again. Really nicely made with games for boys and girls.


2 Corey June 22, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Thanks for the link, Marjan! Always so wonderful to know about good sites for using our languages with kids. If you know of more, please do share!


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