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In the last chapter we talked about French lessons online. In this chapter we will talk about French for kids.
Have you been thinking of raising your children bilingually? Have your kids already started studying French and complain that they find it boring? What are your motivations for your children to learn French?
If you live in Canada, there are many advantages and greater career opportunities of course if your kids can speak French fluently. In the rest of the world, French is an important working language of many institutions and having a command of French would be an advantage in fields ranging from international affairs, international aid, and increased opportunities for trade.
So since we agree that learning French would help your kids later in life, let’s talk about some resources that your kids may find enjoyable for learning French now. You’ll want to provide resources for your children to learn French that make it fun and motivating.
If your children are in the age range of four to nine, we recommend some YouTube videos and some books. Children in this age group love videos such as the Smurfs and Peppa Pig. A large collection of both is available in French on YouTube.
In addition, little kids learning French will enjoy the selection of children’s songs available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INXFEZpV8iU&list=RDINXFEZpV8iU#t=7
One of the largest cartoon collections in French online for free is Peppa Pig, which has 157 videos to choose from en français https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXptamDYEVcU4JCio30hYTw
The Smurfs have 71 videos to choose from. In French they are called Les Stroumpfs https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4P23XV4BwYtE_Nyx782bQg
One Third Stories – Story Box club aimed at four to nine year olds. The idea is that children in this age group like bedtime stories and that they are more likely to remember vocabulary when they can show curiosity and enjoyment.
The BBC French Channel has games and videos for your children to learn French. This free collection will encourage your kids to learn French with videos about family, hobbies, school, numbers, and the calendar. Your kids will also learn how to pronounce the sounds of the French language. There is also a collection of games such as memory match and some French songs.
As your children learn math and sciences, consider having them learn the subjects in French as well. Some great video series are on YouTube for your kids to learn math and science concepts in French.
For math in French, there are 17 videos up at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF6A87ED5AB9002E3
For science in French, there are 20 videos up at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOLyS2yIAuohUdoUcn6NlRUWEfQ2Lvj6w
Chillola is a website with kids in mind where several languages are offered. On their French for kids section, you’ll see a variety of subjects from numbers, letters, colors, shapes, animals, food, hobbies and daily life covered.
As your kids start to read blogs and news online, it’s a good idea for them to expand their French vocabulary. With an extension on the Chrome browser, you could have them use FlipWord to study French passively. It is easy to adjust the settings to match the level of French.
Petralingua is a resource which has online courses and DVDs. There is a free game lesson online for your kids to try out.
A couple of free apps that your kids might like for learning French are Duolingo and Clozemaster.
Duolingo helps your kids build up vocabulary and grammar. Your kids will be able to practice their spelling and pronunciation with this free app which is fun to use.
Clozemaster allows your kids to choose a language setting as the source for learning French. So if your children speak more than one language, you might encourage them to use Clozemaster to practice vocabulary building in several language. Your child could grow up trilingual or multilingual with Clozemaster.
LingQ is another platform and app that children enjoy for French learning. Your kids can build up an avatar and earn virtual awards as they learn French for any level of learning. There is an annual subscription and if your kids are really interested in languages, they can learn several languages on the platform, all included with the same fee.
Our favorite source for French for kids is our very own, Rype. With a reasonable monthly subscription fee, your kids will have access to a French teacher at a time of day that suits your kid’s schedule.
Now that you’ve seen our recommendations of French for kids, in our next chapter we will talk about French for business. From working in nonprofits to business organizations, learn how to speak professional French with our step-by-step guidelines.
10. French For Kids