Guten Tag

Guten Tag

Mar 2, 2018 | News stories

Children at Little Ladybirds are learning how to say ‘Guten Tag’ ‘Ja’, ‘Nein’, ‘Bitte’ and ‘Danke’

Good Day, Yes, No, Please and Thank You are just some of the many words our pre-school children can now speak in German, following the introduction of German lessons.

The lessons are provided by ‘Frau’ Alison Vardy, the language teacher who is a regular visitor to the nursery.

Alison is fluent in both French and German, so we thought it would be good for the children to learn a bit of both languages.

Research has shown that children between the ages of 3 and 8 learn German as a foreign language much faster than older children. In fact, children under 6 years of age learn a second language as easily as their mother tongue. This is because children at this age are highly motivated and enthusiastic about learning a language.

They learn the language through songs, nursery rhymes, engaging games, cartoons and stories. Children are not worried about wrong grammar or pronunciation. They quickly pick up an accent of another language and their grammatical skills develop subconsciously.

Therefore, they acquire another language naturally and in addition, learning a second language early in life promotes brain development and general learning skills, boosts self-confidence and helps children develop interest in other cultures.

So, hopefully the different languages they are learning at Little Ladybirds will stand them in good stead as they go to school, college, university and into employment.