Anyone tried this? Would it work for beginning to learn a language?
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Everyone told us that this is because Swedish TV is never dubbed - they always used subtitles. Most countries dub, at least some of the time. I know that's only anecdata, but it really was amaing. Even the young woman working at McDonalds spoke fluent English without a foreign accent.
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Here on the Iberian peninsula, they say the Portuguese speak English much better than the Spanish because they don't dub their programming. Spain dubs everything and the population is generally stuck at a pre-intermediate level in spite of beginning classes very early and continuing for years and years in school.... something obviously is not working!
My kids switch languages around a lot in their viewing but will also willingly watch some cool things in languages they don't understand- animation shorts, The Red Balloon, White Mane are things that come to mind. I would try and find cool stuff that's only available in the target language or a web game or something. I would also bring in music in the target language for the car, etc. We also always have subtitles going... I'm addicted, even in my own language!
If you're looking for Spanish, Pocoyo's not bad for a 3 year old and easy to follow and maybe some Barrio Sesamo.... each country produces it's own show, so while the characters are sort of consistent, the stories and personalities differ from country to country.
Anecdotally, I know of one adult who ended up speaking a very archaic form of Japanese from samurai movies. The Japanese person who told me about her friend described it as being like talking to someone who had learned English from Shakespeare's plays.
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I personally would not want my child exposed to the amount of TV that would probably be necessary to be immersed enough in a foreign language in order to learn it.
But, I'm not really clear if your goal is for language mastery or television aversion. We were electronic media free with DD at that age but we listened to Spanish music all the time. She picked up a lot just from doing that. But, we had music on in the background nearly 24/7 at that age.
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