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Petralingua

When I started thinking about this particular posting for the Petra Lingua website, an online language program for children, I also started to think about who makes up the SpanglishBaby audience. We seem to be a group of individuals, a group of mothers, who have at the heart of our parenting endeavors to make sure our bebit@s learn another language, specifically Spanish. We are, in my opinion, a very distinct group of parents though, because we also want to make sure our children grow up bilingual and bilterate. We have found, and the Spanglish Baby website is a perfect example, a way to fill every little aspect of our lives with Spanish, at least that’s the main goal.

What makes Petra Lingua another great way to expose children to a foreign language is that it reinforces a lot of the vocabulary and phrases you probably use with your children everyday. In other words, in addition to being a great site for the monolingual child learning another language, it can also be a resource for the bilingual child to continue to reinforce the minority language.

That being said, one reason I enjoyed using the online language program was because I was able to reinforce words and phrases in Spanish to my daughter (as I mentioned earlier), but I was also able to expose her to French, the third language we are teaching her and one I do not speak. In addition to being a program for kids, Petra Lingua encourages adults to learn another language through their online site.

Personally, I think it is a great way to learn another language alongside your children. In fact, it can help expose children to different languages (English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, or Russian), which can prompt conversations about other cultures. So as parents with multilingualism being at center stage in our lives, here I present you with another great resource: Petra Lingua: online languages for kids.

Enjoy the show!

The Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winners: Christy, Jennifer, and Cindy! 

We’re giving away THREE 6-month Petralingua subscriptions to the course of the winner’s choice.

To enter all you have to do is visit the Petralingua site and leave a comment here telling us which of the languages they offer you speak at home.

That’s all you have to do to enter this giveaway. If you want to up your chances at winning, then this is how you can get additional entries (only after you’ve completed the step above):

**Please leave a separate comment for each so we can count them and avoid mistakes.

1. Subscribe to receive blog updates and subscriber-only content via email and leave us an extra comment letting us know you did so or that you’re already a subscriber. Make sure to leave the comment using the same email you subscribed with.

2. Follow us on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway including a link to the post http://bit.ly/x8rtYm , @SpanglishBaby and the #Petralingua hashtag. Copy the link to the tweet in an additional comment on the giveaway’s post.

Ex: Win a six month subscription to Petralingua’s online language learning course @SpanglishBaby here> http://bit.ly/x8rtYm  #PetraLingua

3. Like SpanglishBaby on Facebook and join a thriving community of parents.

This giveaway ends Tuesday, Feb. 28 at midnight PST and is open to everyone over 18 years of age in the continental U.S. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. Check out the Giveaway Rules.

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