It’s been a little bit over a month since we jumped into our language-learning adventure with Little Pim. While there has definitely been some progress – Vanessa’s vocabulary in French has expanded a bit – I must admit I have an even bigger appreciation of those who don’t speak the minority language and are still raising their children bilingual.
As I admitted to Julia Pimselur, Little Pim’s founder, during our monthly Skype “consultation,” this first month has been a real eye-opener in terms of how much effort has to go in to making sure our children get enough exposure to the language we’re trying to teach them. Honestly, it’s been difficult and I know very well that it’s not like I can just sit her in front of one of the six Little Pim DVDs and hope that she picks up new vocabulary by herself, without any kind of meaningful interaction.
Check out our Skype conversation to find out the great suggestion I got from Julia – which I’ve already implemented and will share more of with you next time – and some tips about how to effectively use media for language learning. By the way, there’s a special treat at the end when Vanessa meets Julia and they sing in French together!
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.