By now, you probably know that I’ve decided to make a conscious effort to expose my daughter to a third language and that the one of choice is French. There are many reasons why I’ve chosen French, including the fact that it’s my third language, I love it, and there seems to be a good amount of resources to expose her to French in our area.
As I mentioned in the past, my 4-year-old daughter, Vanessa, attended two weeks of a French immersion summer camp in August. She was incredibly enthused and I was very proud of everything she learned: counting to five, some of the colors, and at least two full songs. She know how to say “Bonjour” and “Au revoir” and “Je m’appelle Vanessa.” I wanted to use the summer camp experience as an introduction of what is to come in the next three months.
In an effort to make this venture into a third language more of a reality, we’ve partnered with the fabulous Little Pim and will be using their entertaining and educational products and materials for our trilingual adventures. The plan is for me to document Vanessa’s progress through regular posts and to also bring you expert advice in the form of vlogs of the consultations we’ll have with Julia Pimsleur Levine – Little Pim’s founder – to help us along our journey!
Today, we bring you our first vlog, an interview with Julia regarding some basic tips for introducing a new language and putting Little Pim products to use. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this dream of mine finally becoming a reality. I’m so happy we’re doing it with Little Pim, but more than anything, I can’t deny it thrills me to say that it looks like my daughter has the same love of languages that I have! In fact, a few days before she started pre-K last Friday, she asked what language was going to be spoken there, when I said English (and once a week Spanish for one hour) she was a bit disappointed. “¿Por qué no francés, como en la otra escuelita?” she asked.
Disclosure: This post is part of a series of entries made possible by Little Pim. The stories, outcomes, and opinions regarding this trilingual adventure are all our own.