In your household you always welcome the idea of new languages and diverse cultures, but how can you make the most of your passions? For you it is so important that your children are brought up in a world that is bursting with vibrancy and wide beliefs. Whether you’re trying to up their second language skills or improve your own fluency in another language, there are many ways in which you can embrace these interests wholeheartedly. If you have already started bringing your child up in a bilingual household, you are already building the foundations for a cultured and talented individual, but there are way you can enhance this. Consider the following ways to introduce new languages into your life, as well as diverse cultures.
Invest in a Holiday Home Abroad
One of the best ways to improve your second language skills is to immerse yourself into the culture. Spending a lot of time in another country can help you to pick up on conversational language and local dialects. If you are really serious about enhancing your second language, look for a property for sale online and invest in a holiday home. Spending your downtime abroad will not only help you to experience other cultures on a regular basis, but it will also help you to learn another language first hand. You will also be almost fifty percent quicker at acquiring and memorising new words and phrases when you learn them first hand from locals, rather than a book or online course.
Speak a Second Language Around the House
When your children are brought up in a particular environment, it can help to mould them into a well-rounded and culture rich human being. When you speak a second language around the house you will be instilling certain vocabularies into them, which mean they will be fully open to speaking this language with others. Speaking another language around the house is a great way to make your child and the rest of your family feel comfortable with their new skills. They can make mistakes, experiment with new sentence structures and practice true to life conversations in the comfort of their own home.
Hire an Au Pair
As much as you’d love to look after your child twenty four hours a day, you also have your own life to live. Whether you go to work every day or have duties to fulfil elsewhere, there are so many advantages to hiring an au pair. Au pairs are not only fully qualified to deal with the day to day childcare needs of your little one, but they also speak other languages. Having someone else close to your child who can enrich their minds with another language is an excellent step towards embracing new cultures. Find somebody that is going to fit in well with your household and make sure you carry out a thorough interview before taking anybody new on board.
Use an App to Improve Your Skills
There are so many wonderful language learning apps out there that can help you to become accustomed with a new way of speaking. You can put your headphones on during your daily commute to work or listen to your app just before you go to bed. Get into a daily routine of practicing your new found skills and enjoying the learning process. You will find a whole host of family friendly language apps online too; get the kids involved in the process and you will all have a great time learning the new language altogether. This is the perfect method if you are short on time and you need a way to keep your language skills active in your life without spending a lot of time on it.
Talk to Natives
If there are people who live in your neighbourhood who speak a different language, then you need to use their diversity to your advantage. Join a local community group and get chatting with people who can teach you the skills you want to learn. There is something very special about connecting with natives who speak other languages because they have first-hand experience and advice to share. They will be able to let you know all of the quirks and differences of their particular language so that you can learn it from a completely different perspective.
Watch Your Favourite TV Show in Another Language
When you have a favourite television show or movie, you should consider watching it in another language. When you know the quotes inside out you will be able to recognise the new words and phrases as they pop up on your television. As well as television shows and movies you could also listen to music from another country. The lyrics and rhythms will soon stick in your head much like a catchy theme tune!
Take an Evening Class
This is a serious way of getting your language skills up to date. You can probably expect tests, speaking practice and classroom interactions to help you on your way with learning your new language. It is quite a commitment to sign up to a language class, not only because of the cost, but also because of the time it takes to see a course through until the end. Consider taking an evening class after work or even a weekend crash course. There are many ways that you can enhance your language skills quickly and easily, so find a course that fits in with your lifestyle and skill levels at the moment.
When you embark upon a journey of rich languages and diverse cultures in your life, it can be full of enjoyment and enlightenment. Your children deserve to have this experience, so you need to do everything in your power to bring all of this into their lives. Whether you decide to move abroad or hire an au pair, all of these life changing decisions will have a positive impact on your family’s life. Everyone deserves to be exposed to the beauty of unique languages and stunning cultures, so enrich your life today with these easy and manageable methods.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.