Play the Opposites Game

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Here is another tip for how to get your children speaking your language. It may seem simple to us adults but practicing opposites can be challenging for our children, especially in all of their languages!

Try out this language activity while in the car, going for a walk, sitting in front of the fire or as you and your child bake cookies together. You can do it anywhere and it is so much fun!

How do you play this game? All you have to do is to think up some adjectives that have opposites. For example: fast, tall, dark, hard, messy, etc.

Call out your word and have your child call out the opposite:

You say: Fast!
Your child says: Slow!

To have even more fun, you and your child can act out the words: You pretend like you are running fast and your child pretends that she is walking very slow.

For a real challenge, try out words that don’t have obvious opposites. For example: green, colorful, cheerful, confused.

Don’t forget to let your child be the one to call out words as well! If she calls out words that don’t have opposites (such as: window, carpet, car) just go with the flow and think up something. Make up some silly opposites (door, ceiling, motorcycle) and have a good laugh.

If your child doesn’t use the right language, just say the word in your language with a gentle reminder that the opposite only works in your language. Remind her that switching languages isn’t allowed in this game.

Feel free to explain to your child what opposites are and use the word (in your language) “opposite” a number of times so that she learns it along with the game.


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Corey Heller is the founder of Multilingual Living and the Editor-In-Chief/Publisher of Multilingual Living Magazine. Multilingual Living is the place where she shares her knowledge about raising multilingual and multicultural children. Corey, an American, and her German husband live in Seattle where they raise and homeschool their three children, ages 14, 12 and 10, in German and English.

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