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It’s extremely important that kids have the motivation to learn Italian. How to increase their motivation is not as difficult as you might think. You can simply do the following
Offer them rewards for learning extra words or phrases (e.g., a chocolate bar from Italian, a trip to an Italian restaurant, or his/her favorite place, such as an amusement park)
Especially for small children, including infants and toddlers, surprises are proven to increase motivation. If you play games like peekaboo (for babies) your child will be able to keep paying attention to the program.
Playing games like hide and seek by counting in Polish or a cardboard game will do the trick.
Keep it short and simple
Not only adults but also children automatically lose interest if what they are asked to do is difficult. When you ask them to learn only a few Italian words at a time, they will find the task more enjoyable and increase their confidence in learning Italian.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Practice makes it perfect the old saying goes. If your child has no opportunity to practice what he/she learned, you can make sure that all the efforts are in vain.
-Test & Quiz
You can speak to your child in Italian if you know how to speak Italian. If you don’t know how to speak Italian, you can still ask questions like “what is “this” in Italian?” by showing an object. If you know a few words in Italian, you can show him/her 2 objects and ask “which one is “ser”?” Kids love drawing things, you can also play with your children and ask them to draw objects by calling object names in Italian, e.g. “can you draw me a jajko?”
-Talking with native speakers.
Another way of practicing Polish is giving your child opportunities to interact with native speakers of Italian. It would also be a fun family activity to visit a place where Polish is spoken such as an Italian restaurant, Italian supermarket, Italian culture center, Polish temple, Italian school, Italian community center etc.
Flash cards might sound like an old school method but they are effective. Similar to Dino Lingo motion images, how flash cards work is very simple: they create object-sign associations in your child’s brain after a short period of exposure. You can use Dino Lingo Italian Flashcards or make your own and practice with your child. If you are wondering about how to use Italian flashcards you can check out our blog post about Glenn Doman.
-Songs & Cartoons
Dino Lingo Italian is a perfect combination of songs and cartoons. You can also find tons of Italian songs and cartoons available online. It is also not a bad idea to buy some Italian children’s song cd and play it in the car or at home as background music. Studies have shown that even background TV can increase children’s vocabulary.
If your child knows some Italian, you can purchase Italian storybooks on the internet. If he/she doesn’t know how to speak Italian, you can read fairy tales by replacing some words with Italian words.
Let them watch Dino Lingo Italian videos regularly and play Dino Lingo Italian language online games. Visit places where Italian is spoken such as Italian restaurants, Polish supermarkets, Italian culture centers, Italian temples, Italian schools, Italian community centers. Play with fun educational stuff like Italian jigsaw puzzles and Italian toys. Don’t forget the posters (Italian alphabet, sight words, Italian flag). Interact with other kids who can speak Italian or study together with someone with whom they can practice Italian.
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