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Spoken English Tutorial For Toddlers
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Spoken English Tutorial For Toddlers

Almost every foreign language beginner starts learning with reading English handbooks with the rules and laws directing the language. For beginners (especially kids), books may be with colorful pictures followed by description of an item or an action. For those, who are not surrounded by native speakers, colorful books might appear to some extent as a waste of time. In situations, when someone is in contact with the living spoken language, a person who learns only written English from books might get lost and confused, and does not understand much. I know about it from my personal experience.

For children who are living in English speaking countries the situation is different. They learn the language for their parents, grandparents, siblings, school friends, etc. They naturally learn the language and do not to have to repeat book’s tedious language rules, and spend hours on remembering hundreds even thousands of words.

Difficulty with learning only written language might arise with young pre-school children. They do not know how to read, but know how to listen, and look at an item. To help a toddler to learn English, first of all, you have to understand how a young child assimilates new knowledge, and remember that children, unlike adults (adults learn consciously via methods based on learning grammar and vocabulary), learn new things intuitively.

While learning a new language, they explore new ways to acquire the language instinctively in similar way they acquired their native language. For instance, repeating newly heard words to become skilled at their pronunciation.

So, I assume you are asking yourself where can I get good tutorials and materials for my kid to teach him or her English language?

The Internet provides tons of free products that can be used to your advantage. Even if you are dissatisfied with free resources, a cheap books, audio CD, can be found at Amazon. However, you can be a provider of a “free” game and play with your child.

Well, when you exercise with your child, the items you use should be familiar to the toddler from everyday’s life. For example, reading and watching English picture books (like books in native language), saying poems in English or eating, "the English" snacks, telling a story of what is going on, making-up dialogues and commands in English. You should tell them why speaking English is necessary. By knowing why they learn, they will do it willingly. For example, you can tell your child that he or she should practice the dialogues because later on, while being on vacation alone in a foreign country, he or she would be able ask for dessert at a restaurant.

Once again, when helping a child to learn foreign language, always try to do it in the form of fun. Treat any exercise as a challenge. Praise and reward the progress, so that little boy or girl will be motivated to continue the English adventures.

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