As bilingual parents (my wife and I speak Filipino and English fluently), it has been our fascination that hopefully one of our children will learn to love languages.
It would have been an amazing feat, thru constant exposure to various languages, that our children would consider another language as music to their ears. Moreso, if they master it.
So just like a normal and excited parent would do, I did an experiment.
I thought that maybe if I show my 2-year-old daughter Lauren a music video of another language which she is not exposed to, maybe she will like it.
And so I let her watch this, “The Moon Represents My Heart”, a classic Mandarin song that happens to be one of my all-time favorite foreign songs.
After watching, I saw in her eyes the fascination. She was mesmerized. She wanted to watch again.
For two consecutive days, on her 15-minute afternoon IPad time, we let her watch the song.
From the usual Sofia the First and Disney videos she watches, this was her new favorite song.
Repeatedly, she just kept on watching it until her Ipad time was over.
I felt there was something with the song that attracted her. There was an attachment.
On the third day, my wife and I noticed something. She was singing parts of the song already. She has memorized it too.
Here is the short clip of our home video when our 2-year-old daughter Lauren surprised us, with matching expression.
Learning a new language as a child is a wonder. As parents, we never forced her to learn it. We just exposed her to a new language with the hopes that she will pick up a connection with it.
We will support her in this journey. We will support her love for a new language.
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