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#1 of 13 Old 03-25-2009, 04:15 PM - Thread Starter
 
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DD1 (5yo) is very very very interested in foreign languages. She take a little French class in preschool which she adores, but says it's moving too slow for her and that she's not learning enough to satisfy her curiosity.

Sooooo...does anyone have a preferably-free website they use to teach children foreign languages? The Rosetta Stone software is available in our library, but is always checked out and the waiting list is a mile long. Our budget is really tight and DD is interested in multiple languages, so buying a program in each is not really doable for us. She is particularly interested in French, Chinese, ASL (not a foreign language, I know), and perhaps Spanish.

Any ideas?

ETA: I'd also be interested in a website that offers multiple languages for one membership fee. We could probably swing that.

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Our public library used to have an online subscription to Rosetta Stone, but they switched to TellMeMore. I like RS better, but TMM has some advantages (mainly more options for different learning styles). Their website is not very explanatory, but here it is: http://www.tellmemore.com/ Maybe you can explore a trial version.

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What timing.

Just last night my DS asked if we could get Rosetta Stone. I asked him why and he said he wanted to learn another language. When I asked which one he said he wanted to learn more Mandrin (he knows hello, goodby, pretty girl, thank you). I assumed Rossetta Stone wouldn't be the best tool for a 5 year old and today asked some of my Chinese friends about possible tutors. Turns out one of my coworkers has been doing this locally and might do it for me for free at least until we figure out how serious and interested he really is.

So would Rosetta Stone be appropriate for a 5 (almost 6) year old? Or would the tutor be better? Or both?

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Is there a weekend Chinese school in your area?

My daughter has attended such schools in Olympia, WA and Monterey, CA. She has loved it. Even though it is mainly for heritage speakers, my daughter has been in class with adopted Chinese girls, non-Chinese kids, and Chinese kids who aren't exposed to Chinese at home.
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What timing.

Just last night my DS asked if we could get Rosetta Stone. I asked him why and he said he wanted to learn another language. When I asked which one he said he wanted to learn more Mandrin (he knows hello, goodby, pretty girl, thank you). I assumed Rossetta Stone wouldn't be the best tool for a 5 year old and today asked some of my Chinese friends about possible tutors. Turns out one of my coworkers has been doing this locally and might do it for me for free at least until we figure out how serious and interested he really is.

So would Rosetta Stone be appropriate for a 5 (almost 6) year old? Or would the tutor be better? Or both?
I went ahead and put a hold on some Rosetta Stone software at the library. I'm #129 for French and #42 for Mandarin. It's listed as for 6 and up at our library, so hopefully it'll work for us.

I haven't had any luck finding language classes in our area, only ones for learning English. I'll have to dig deeper...

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Is there a weekend Chinese school in your area?

My daughter has attended such schools in Olympia, WA and Monterey, CA. She has loved it. Even though it is mainly for heritage speakers, my daughter has been in class with adopted Chinese girls, non-Chinese kids, and Chinese kids who aren't exposed to Chinese at home.
I found one here! : Oh, so awesome! It's by three-month semesters, and is pretty affordable, two hours of instruction per week! I can't wait to tell DD!

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I went ahead and put a hold on some Rosetta Stone software at the library. I'm #129 for French and #42 for Mandarin. It's listed as for 6 and up at our library, so hopefully it'll work for us.

I haven't had any luck finding language classes in our area, only ones for learning English. I'll have to dig deeper...
Our town has a local "Chinese Group". We also have a "multi-cultural" group that the Chinease Group is a subgroup of. I found a possible tutor through them. You might also try looking for a group for parents who have adopted from China. I was told by my friend that alot of the americans who attend their "Chinease" events have children adopted from China. This co-worker who told me about the tutor for us says that all the kids she has worked with in the past were adopted by americans from China and there parents are mainly interested in keeping the culture and in there kids hearing the language. So someone in that sort of group might know of a tutor.

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Yeah. I just talked to the possible tutor. She is hoping to get a class together this summer. Her mom (who teaches Chinease in China) will be visiting this summer so between her mother and her they hope to put together a class.

She at first asked what I wanted out of it. When I explained that it was my son who wanted it and I just was interested in if he would really enjoy it or not she got really excited. She was thrilled that it was his idea.

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We got a private tutor for our two 5 yo, they are learning mandarin now. And we have gotten spanish courses on audiobooks for them because they wanted to learn that too, me and my dear also hears that with them and learn it. (Enough that they can speak about us in mandarin w/o us understanding.)
I'm a tiny bit worried about how many languages they can handle w/o mixing, they are already fluent in english, french and norwegian because we are bilingual in those 3 languages.

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Many DVDs let you play them in french, so just look through whatever movies you have. DS sometimes likes to watch Kiki's Delivery Service in japanese.

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I found one here! : Oh, so awesome! It's by three-month semesters, and is pretty affordable, two hours of instruction per week! I can't wait to tell DD!

Yay - I'm so happy for you! I'm looking forward to our next move so that DD can be back in Chinese school. The bigger schools even have other cultural classes, and adult classes. Hopefully we'll end up by one of those!
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So glad you found a Mandarin class! My DS (turned 7 last week) is in his second semester at a Chinese school near our home. He goes for 2 hours every Saturday, which is taxing a bit, but he adores it. In fact, his birthday party theme was China, complete with a language lesson for all of the kids! People at the school and elsewhere ask why he's taking Mandarin, and are surprised to find out it was his interest and desire to do so.

I've wondered if Rosetta Stone would also be helpful, but haven't looked into it yet.

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DS will be starting a chinese class on saturday in September. I'm afterschooling some mandarin chinese at home already but I'd love for him to meet other chinese speakers too.
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