There are some brilliant language learning resources out there. As a parent raising bilingual children I know how difficult it can be to find resources suitable for children.
Here are a few and some with special Lingotastic discounts to tempt you further…
At Lingotastic we sing and play in English, German, French and Spanish so I’m so pleased to recommend The Little Linguist’s Alphabet poster created by the lovely Una. The Little Linguist’s Alphabet is a multilingual alphabet with 26 objects that all start with the same letter as their translations in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Dutch. Now D is always for Dinosaur, and P is always for Princess, no matter which combination of these languages your little linguist speaks.
Una is an English (Irish) speaking mum with a French speaking husband. Her children found if confusing that U is for umbrella with mummy but with papa it is P pour parapluie. She created this alphabet so in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Dutch. D is always for Dinosaur. With original illustrations, this print makes a stunning addition to any child’s bedroom or playroom. All the words for each language are printed around the edge to help the grown-ups! This beautiful poster is available on www.loveyourlingo.com
Singing is my favourite way of learning a language so here are some CD’s both me and the families coming to Lingotastic classes would recommend.
The lovely Penni from Babi Bach has produced a brilliant bilingual Welsh and English album. Here is our interview
The album is currently available for download through most major sites including Amazonand Spotify. CDs can be ordered directly from Penni (email@example.com) and in some South Wales shops. CDs will also be available shortly through Siop Mabon a Mabli online.
A Little Mandarin produce a fun funky CD of both familiar and traditional Chinese songs to expose little ones to mandarin from a young age, to help them “tune in” to the language. The songs are really funky so it’s fun for grown ups as well as little ones. My family used this CD and within five weeks had picked up four songs. As Mandarin is so different to European languages there is real value to very early exposure to it so, when they encounter it later in life it feels familiar and they can pick it up more easily. The album is also available on Deezer and Spotify.
If you fancy learning some Swedish or Danish, Kristin at Bilingual By Music has produced some gorgeous bilingual CDs with familiar songs. You’ll be singing along in no time… I’ve a few Swedish speaking mummies who rave over these CDs. They’re also available on i tunes Spotify and Amazon. Read our interview with Kristin here
Baby Boom Boom produce some baby friendly, sing along CD’s to introduce babies and little ones to other languages early in life, the songs are familiar sung in both English and the target language. The CD features nursery rhymes and songs in English and a second language. Currently you can choose from English and either French, Spanish, Italian, German, Polish, Chinese Mandarin, Scottish Gaelic or Welsh. Exclusive code from Lingotastic. Use the code lingo10 for a 10% discount.
You may have noticed I like Flash Sticks! A really simple tool to increase your vocabulary in French, German, Spanish, Italian, BSL and English. (with more to come)
The guys at FlashSticks have offered Lingotastic customers a special discount.
10% off at Flash Sticks use the coupon code lingotastic10 (in lower case). We interviewed Vejay about the concept read about it here.
Early language learning is all about having fun. Toys that talk and sing in another language really fit the bill there and Rachel’s Toy Shop sell some beautiful ones. Simply mention “Lingotastic” in the comments box when ordering to get to a 10% discount AND your postage refunded!
Mommies Tongue. Stock a brilliant range of bilingual toys as well as multilingual puzzles and games for older children too. Brilliant resources to pick up and practice language whilst simply having fun! We bought a Polish singing Teddy from them a while back and my six year old now knows the alphabet in Polish! We were learning the German alphabet and I was surprised how much she knew. It’s what my teddy bear sings she told me!
Renze at Babeltots has a massive range of beautiful bilingual toys and books.
Reading together is a brilliant way to increase your little one’s language skills. It’s a good way to sneak a hug from a lively toddler too! b small publishing Produce some beautifully illustrated books in French, English and Spanish. They range from simple one word vocab books like “les vêtements” perfect for toddlers and new language learners, to bilingual story books, perfect to snuggle up and read together. They also have some brilliant activity books for older children. Sam at b small publishing has offered Lingotastic customers an amazing 10% discount.
Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote LINGOTASTIC to place your order.
I’ve bought some beautiful foreign language books from Little Linguist They’ve offered Lingotastic customers a special discount. E mail us to get the special code
Chatterbags make some brilliant tote bags to get people chatting, whatever language they speak. Simply tick which languages you speak, use the bag whilst out and about and get chatting. Mention Lingotastic when you place your order.
All these businesses started when a parent or individual saw a need for language learning resources and decided they would find a way to meet it. We’ll be sharing their inspirational stories on our blog!