There are many benefits for children learning a second language and the consensus seems to be pretty clear – the younger your child starts, the easier it will be – especially if it is before they reach about the age of 7 years. This is because the brains of young children are primed for learning – rather than having to learn tediously by rote, the manner in which they acquire another language appears effortless.
Young children who learn to speak other languages are also able to pick up the native accent which most adults attempting to learn a second language do not. Language immersion is probably one of the best ways to learn another language but what happens if both parents can’t speak it?
Makoto Shichida saw anecdotal evidence that children who were exposed to recordings of a foreign language for about 20 minutes a day beginning from birth were able to acquire that language after 6 months to a year. Even if you’ve missed that early window of opportunity, it is not too late to start.
What is Little PIM?
Little PIM is a comprehensive language program to help parents teach their child a foreign language even if they don’t know the language either. Designed for children from birth to age 6, Little PIM offers language programs for:
Using a specially developed Entertainment Immersion Method®, Little PIM pick up foreign languages based on how they naturally acquire language – by engaging their natural love for play and learning through repetition. Segmented into 5-minute episodes, Little PIM videos accommodate the young child’s attention span. Through repetition by native speakers, children can learn over 360 words and phrases that will provide the essential building blocks for language learning.
What do they teach?
Over 360 words and phrases from some of the following word categories:
- Eating and Drinking
- Play time
- In my home
- Common words
Currently, the most complete language is Spanish where you can also get story books and flash cards to complement the DVD program. Watch a video sample from Little PIM’s Spanish pack:
Little PIM is the winner of over 25 awards for being a top foreign language program for children, including Creative Child Magazine 2013 Media & Game of the Year Awards and the 2012 PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved) award.