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Foreign Language

I believe the best way to learn a new language is immersion—that is, people speak to you in the language and you speak it back. For many LDS families this is a reality since so many have served foreign language missions and are fluent in more than one language. However, for those that are not, learning a new language is still a possibility. family at dinner table

Elder Jacob DeJager said, "Parents also should see that their children begin learning languages. . . . Learning another language is then usually not so difficult for them, because they have learned how to study and therefore will make rapid progress, especially when they are guided by the Spirit of the Lord. Among people in general there is still the mistaken idea that it is very hard to learn a foreign language. But experience has proven to me that it’s more a matter of time than anything else. Almost everyone can learn a foreign language. It’s mainly a matter of being willing to spend a considerable amount of time in learning that language." (Ensign, Oct. 1982, 11-12)

The LDS Church has many resources available in a variety of languages. For instance, in some areas local missionaries teach foreign language classes. Church magazines, hymns, and scriptures are available in many languages including American Sign Language. Many popular children's books and DVDs are available in foreign languages. Reading familiar books or watching familiar videos is a great way to build vocabulary in a foreign language. The game Scrabble is also available in some foreign languages!

Of course, in order to really develop foreign language skills, you must actually practice speaking the language. If you can find a native speaking friend to converse with, that would be ideal. You can also practice by praying and reading aloud. There are additional ideas here.  ~Michele Everett




Free Resources

Become Acquainted … with Languages, Tongues, and People By Jacob de Jager
Bilingual Parenting
A Double Life: Raising Bilingual Children By Robert Henderson
Brain Research: Implications for Second Language Learning
Liahona Magazine in Eleven Languages
LDS Church Materials in Over 40 Languages
Audio Scriptures in 3 Languages
Foreign Language Teaching Ideas
Sounds of the World's Animals
Foreign Language Lesson Plans and Resources
BBC Languages
Say Hello to the World!
Greetings in More than 800 Languages
Bilingual Vocabulary Quizzes
Free Online Language Courses
Songs and Rhymes for Children in your Favorite Language
Picture Disctionary in Five Languages
Jennifer's Language Page
My Language Exchange
Foreign Language Resources
Ideas for Teaching Languages
ASL 101
Learning American Sign Language and Signed English
American Sign Language Browser
Arabic Alphabet Applet
Arabic Language
Chinese Language Program
Learning Chinese Online
Free French Lessons
French Tutorial
Bitesize French
German for Travellers
Bitesize German
German Electronic Textbook
The Hawaiian Language Website
My Hebrew Dictionary
Fundamental Japanese
Japanese Online
Korean 123
Latin Teach Resources
Latin Dictionary and Grammar Aid
Learn Spanish Online Tutorial
Spanish Course for Beginners
Spanish Vocabulary Builder
Bitesize Spanish
LDS Scriptures in Spanish

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