Introducing English to kids


I came across with this interesting video. That is an sketch that introduces English to kids in a funny and lively way.

The title of the video is “English in a Box.” Kids are told to speak simple English words, such as “yes,” “no,” “pardon,” and “really?” that are written on large cards from a box. I can see they are enjoying learning English.

I don’t know if it’s very effective, but it’s sure that it’s an approach that lets kids enjoying in their first contact with a foreign language.

I think that when earlier kids have contact wih foreign languages, easier to learn this languages in future.

Jenny, I agree with you partially. It’s true that the earlier you start learning the language, the easier it becomes. But I think it’s not because kids have better abilities. It’s more about the attitude and to be open minded.
For example, kids don’t worry about mistakes when speaking, they don’t have preassure; other kids don’t laugh at kids who do mistakes, they usually have fun, and so on.
I think we as adults have enough abilities to learn whatever foreign language.

Hi, Oscar! You are absolutly right!

Jenny, if I weren’t right, maybe we should give up learning languages :wink:

In my opinion, ability to learn a foreign language is much higher in the childhood, than in a maturity. The adult person is capable to learn foreign language, but he will spend more time and force, than the child.

Ks, to be able to compare kids and adults on learning languages, both should be in the same situation. For example, kids spend two or more years only hearing the language before they start to speak (and they speak with mistakes and with basic sentences and limited vocabulary). I don’t know what would happen with adults in the same situation (two years or more only listening two or three hours every day), but I guess the adult skills would be very similar at least as kids.

Hi, OscarP!!!
I mean, that child will learn foreign language more easy than adult. It is shown (scientific work), that the best ability of brain for new knowledge is until 25 years old.

I have seen scientific evidence that we learn languages faster when we are under 5 because our brains are more flexible, the patterns for our mother language are not yet as firmly fixed as they become in later years. I also believe that the younger we are, the less inhibited and self-conscious we are, the less we resits the new language and the less we fear it.

On the other hand an adult can start reading reading the newspaper and literature after a few months (I did it for Chinese as an adult), which the child can’t do. I have not seen any evidence that a 20 year old is better than a 60 year old, and that has not been my experience.

I agree with you, Steve! I think, that physiological properties of a brain are various at different age.