Why you Need a ‘Why’ to Teach Your Kids a New Language

 

One could say that I’m a little obsessed with languages. 

I love it. And I spend most of my day around something language-related. From coming up with French lesson plans for my kids to teaching them or even helping someone else who's trying to get started on their own language journey.

It’s language, language, language all day for me!

But it wasn't until a few days ago when one of my friends asked me about my love for languages did I truly realize the reason why I enjoy sharing this knowledge so much. 

Of course, there are the usual answers which are simply all the great benefits that come with teaching your kids a new language. Incredible brain function, strong college prospects, a better understanding of other cultures - there’s just an endless list of benefits. 

But at that moment, I paused and really took my time to think about the why. My ‘why’ went beyond just the benefits my kids were getting. 

It goes way back to 15-year-old me having the experience of a lifetime in Germany. 

When I was still in school, we had to go through German lessons and I didn't immediately fall in love with the language. It wasn’t an easy language to learn! But those lessons did give me the opportunity to participate in an exchange program in Germany. 

I was all on my own in a foreign country for the first time – and it opened up a whole new world of possibilities.

I vividly remember sitting on the bus and going to town without even knowing if I’d be able to communicate enough German to ask for directions. But I was ready to experience Germany to the fullest so I made my way to the Christmas markets and got myself a sausage with sauerkraut - feeling like I'd conquered the world.

That’s when I realized the freedom and opportunities that came with being bilingual. I could go anywhere and be able to fully immerse myself in different cultures without fear. I was capable of so much more than I originally thought – and that is the same future I want for my kids.

That is my ‘why’. 

Languages changed my life and helped me believe in myself – but your “why” could be a little different and that’s perfectly fine! I encourage you to take this time out to think about why you’re setting off on this journey so you can really commit to it and meet your goals.

This is the very first step to giving your kids the gift of a foreign language. Having your "why" will help you get over every bump and hurdle you may face and you’ll be in awe of just how much languages will expand your and your child’s world.

Let me know what your “why” is in the comments below!

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