I’ve always enjoyed learning languages and have spent many, many years learning German. I also learnt French at school and I’ve studied that at various points since, plus I’ve dabbled in other languages over the years. H had the opportunity before Christmas to attend Italian club for a term. Sadly though it was so oversubscribed that they had offer other children the chance after Christmas, so he had to stop going. Recently though, the Junior Language Challenge got in touch and told me about their 2015 competition, which sounds like the perfect way to learn a language at home.
The Junior Language Challenge, organised by educational publisher EuroTalk, invites children aged ten and under on September 1st 2015 to discover just how easy it is to learn a new language using online computer software.The software, which features native speakers and interactive games, challenges the children to score points for correct answers; the highest scorers then go through to a series of heats in a bid to win the top prize of a family holiday of a lifetime in Africa. Entering the competition, which is now in its eleventh year, costs £5 per child, which is donated to onebillion, a charity creating educational apps for children in developing countries. You can sign your child up here.
H has signed up and is enjoying trying Portuguese. I think it’s quite a challenging language – it’s one of the ones I’ve dabbled with over the years. I did manage to ask a policeman the way successfully with my limited Portuguese though when we visited Lisbon, which was useful and immensely satisfying. Hoping that H picks up the language bug because it makes such a difference when you can speak the language when you visit a country.