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Can anyone recommend any books that are great for babies who are learning a second language?

Hi everyone,

I'm a new parent and I'm very interested in exposing my baby to a second language from an early age. I believe that learning a new language can be such a valuable skill in today's multicultural world, and I want to give my baby the best possible start in life.

I'm looking for some recommendations on books that are great for babies who are learning a second language. Ideally, I'm looking for books that are designed for very young children, with simple, easy-to-understand language and lots of engaging illustrations.

I'm open to books in any language, but I would prefer ones that are widely spoken and could be useful for my baby in the future. I'd also love to hear about any personal experiences or tips that other parents have for teaching their babies a second language.

Thank you in advance for any recommendations or advice you can provide!

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rthiel

Hey there,

As a language teacher and a parent, one of my favorite book series for bilingual children is "My First Bilingual Books" by Star Bright Books. These books have bright, colorful illustrations that engage children and simple stories that are perfect for early readers. The books are available in a variety of languages and helpful for learning vocabulary in both languages.

Another useful resource is "Little Pim" DVDs, which is specially designed for babies and young children. Little Pim uses animated books, songs, and games to introduce vocabulary and simple sentences in various languages. My child found these DVDs very engaging and was able to learn and pick up some simple phrases with ease.

Lastly, I have found that it's essential to create an immersive environment to speed up the language acquisition process. We have a poster board in our home with labeled common objects in both languages that we frequently use to practice and learn vocabulary. Listening to the radio, watching movies or shows in the target language, and playing games are also useful in creating a language-rich environment.

Good luck!

wkris

Hello everyone,

I have some great book recommendations that worked wonders for my language learning journey as a child. One of the books I highly recommend is "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle. It's available in several languages and it's perfect to introduce vocabulary related to food and counting. The colorful illustrations kept me engaged and interested for a long time, which made the language-learning experience more fun.

Another book that I found useful for learning new vocabulary is "Guess How Much I Love You" by Sam McBratney. This heartwarming story is available in multiple languages and features illustrations that are not only calming but also relatable to young children. It was an enjoyable way to learn new vocabulary related to colors, animals, and emotions.

Along with these books, I highly recommend listening to songs in the target language. Some of my favorite artists for children's songs are Cantajuego and Luis Pescetti. I used to listen to their songs every day and learned a lot of new words and phrases with the catchy tunes and fun lyrics.

Overall, introducing a second language early in life is an excellent way to prepare your child for the future and help them become more open-minded individuals. Good luck in your language-learning journey!

joe.morar

Hey everyone!

I want to recommend "Milet Picture Dictionary" series books. These books are available in many different languages and are perfect for babies and young children because they have illustrations of common objects and their names in both languages. With this book, my child quickly learned the translation of everyday things, and the illustrations kept him engaged and interested for longer periods.

Another series we found effective was the "Maisy" Series by Lucy Cousins. These books are available in many languages and follow the adventures of a little mouse named Maisy. The stories are simple with illustrations that are bright, colorful and age-appropriate for babies and toddlers. My daughter loves Maisy and the repetition in the books she has helped her in retaining the vocabulary terms in a fun way.

Lastly, I recommend attending any language workshops or classes in your target language. I found that my child feels encouraged and adventurous in their language-learning journey when they interact with other children or adults in the same language environment.

Cheers!

cleannon

Hello, everyone!

I recently discovered a set of books by Eric Carle that has been quite effective in helping my child learn a second language. These books are subtle, with few words, simple illustrations, and repetition of phrases in both languages. The illustrations in the books are particularly useful for helping the child correlate the meaning of the words in both languages.

Another useful tool that we have used for our bilingual household is "Rosetta Stone." It's an online language-learning program that offers lessons in many different languages, including some lesser-known languages. Rosetta Stone proves to be a great resource for learning new vocabulary, basic grammar, and pronunciation and articulation.

Lastly, I'll recommend using puzzles, games, and playsets in the target language as a fun way to learn. For example, puzzles for my child featuring animals or common objects in the target language was a useful tool in developing his second-language comprehension and motor skills.

Overall, it takes dedication and effort, but exposing a baby to a second language from an early age can provide them with so many benefits in the future.

oyundt

Hello!

As a parent who is raising a bilingual child, I highly recommend the "First Thousand Words" series by Heather Amery. These books are available in many different languages and are great for babies and toddlers because they have big, colorful illustrations with the word in both languages written underneath. My child loves looking at the pictures and hearing the words in both English and our second language.

Another great book to consider is "Global Baby Bedtimes" by Maya Ajmera. This book is available in various languages and features beautiful photographs of babies sleeping all over the world with simple text in both languages. It's a great way to expose your baby to different cultures and languages.

Lastly, I recommend making language-learning a part of your daily routine. We read books in both languages every night before bed and try to have conversations in both languages throughout the day. It takes time and effort, but it's worth it to see my child becoming comfortable and confident in both languages.

Good luck and have fun on your language-learning journey with your baby!

enrico.graham

Hello everyone!

I highly recommend the "Usborne's First Hundred Words" series for babies who are learning a second language. These books are a perfect way for babies and young children to learn new vocabulary words in another language, with simple illustrations and labels in both languages. The repetition of words in both languages can help the child to remember them longer.

Another book that I found effective in my language-learning journey is "A Children’s Picture Chorus – Bilingual Songs" by Twin Sisters Productions. This is an audio CD that has original songs in many different languages with catchy tunes and fun concepts to learn. Listening to this CD in the car or during playtime had my child and me both singing and learning new vocabulary words and phrases in a fun way.

Last but not least, I recommend using flashcards as a teaching tool. Flashcards are fun and easy, my child loved them so much that we even made our own including his toys, pets, and family members, which helped him to understand the new language's different words and expressions.

Good luck!

horacio55

Hi all,

I would like to recommend a series of books called "Kids Learn Languages" by Zachary Zimmerman and illustrated by Hayley Zimmerman. It's available in several languages and ideal for children of all ages. These books are easy to read, with simple sentences and repetition of vocabulary words. The illustrations are colorful and engaging, which kept my child interested and motivated to learn.

Another great resource that I have found useful is the "Duolingo" app. It's an engaging platform offering language lessons in various languages, including some less commonly taught languages. Duolingo makes use of short, gamified lessons that are effective in building vocabulary and basic grammar. My child loves using the app, and it's proved to be an excellent way for her to learn a second language.

Lastly, I recommend surrounding the child with the target language as much as possible. My child attends an immersion school that offers an all-day exposure to the target language, and it has been a game-changer in her language development. Watching movies, TV shows, and listening to music in the target language, with subtitles if necessary, are also great ways to immerse the child in the language.

I hope these tips help you create a language-rich environment and make your language journey enjoyable.

martin.bechtelar

Greetings!

As a language enthusiast and parent, one book series that I found interesting and helpful for my bilingual family is the "Barefoot Books World Atlas". Although this is geared for slightly older children, it provides a wide variety of information on various countries including their cultures, landmarks, food, and languages. The book includes a CD that provides the different pronunciations for important words and phrases in different languages.

Additionally, "My First Bilingual Little Readers: Level A" by Scholastic is another excellent literacy tool for bilingual children. It presents little stories in both languages on every page, which not only teaches the child new words and expressions but also develops their reading skills in both languages.

Lastly, I would recommend watching movies and shows in the target language with your child, if possible. With my family, we watch cartoons in the language we're trying to learn together, it's a fun and enjoyable way to incorporate language learning into our daily activities.

Hope it helps!

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