As Glenn Doman once declared, babies are linguistic geniuses. Not only can a baby pick up a new language faster than any adult can, he can easily acquire multiple languages from his home environment --- all at the same time, without getting confused, and without any effort. But do you know that there are sensitive periods associated with this natural language predisposition? Experts agree that the optimal period is 0 to 3 years, followed by 3 to 6 or 7 years. So, the earlier your child is exposed to a second or third language, the more spontaneously and efficiently he learns.
KiddyLearn is proud to present our bilingual programme, Kiddy Bilingo, aimed at helping little ones optimise the critical period of early childhood to learn more than 1 language. Why go bilingual, you may ask? For the simple reason that bilingualism comes with many cognitive benefits. For starters, the bilingual brain is wired very differently from a monolingual brain. Studies have observed that the bilingual person performs better in language awareness, problem-solving, multi-tasking, attention focus, working memory and mental flexibility. In other words, knowing more than 1 language is akin to investing in a better brain. In our modern global society, bilingualism also brings many social benefits, such as access to two cultures, openness to cultural diversity, ease of travel and more job opportunities.
Designed for the beginning learner, Kiddy Bilingo introduces young children to the dual languages of English and Chinese*, using subject content that is meaningful to your little one. Your child will learn that an object has two different labels (e.g. ‘dog’ and ‘狗’ for
), and in so doing, be able to flexibly switch between labels, as well as distinguish between forms and meaning. At the end of our course, your child will gain a sizeable mental vocabulary in both languages, which serves as a stepping stone to facilitate a full language literacy programme later.
*Watch this space for our future roll-out of other language-pairings
We have the know-how and tools; you get to reap the rewards. So, what are the benefits of Kiddy Bilingo for you and your child? Let us count the ways:
A structured curriculum to teach English-Chinese word-pairs in increasing levels of difficulty.
No structured curriculum that builds up in difficulty.
Not many bilingual VCD/DVDs in the market.
May not have a structured curriculum that builds up in difficulty.
Daily preplanned lessons, already prepared for you; just click on mouse to play; easy and convenient.
Need to spend much time and effort to prepare daily lessons on a continual basis.
Preplanned content, that can be played daily.
Every daily lesson is never the same; even the same lesson plays back differently each time.
Difficult to vary the lesson every day, as the bilingual flashcards would need to be changed every day.
Lessons contained in each VCD/DVD are fixed, and cannot be varied.
Order of word-pairs is automatically randomised.
Order of word-pairs can be manually changed.
Order of word-pairs is fixed.
Varying word fonts and font colours with every lesson played.
Word fonts and font colours are fixed on the bilingual flashcards.
Word fonts and font colours are fixed and cannot be varied each time the VCD/DVD plays.
5 different randomised pictures used to illustrate a word-pair
Only 1 picture is used to explain a word-pair.
May have more than 1 picture (but probably less than 5), to illustrate a word-pair, but pictures cannot be randomised.
Different randomised voice-overs by 6 professional voice talents. Accurate and clear pronunciation at all times.
Limited to 1 voice enunciating the word-pairs. Pronunciation of words in either language may not be accurate or clear.
May have more than 1 voice-over (but probably less than 6) throughout the VCD/DVD, but voices cannot be randomised.
Choose from 2 different speeds for conducting a bilingual lesson: (i) normal speed and (ii) fast speed of about 1 second or less.
Difficult to manually and consistently flash cards at speed of 1 second or less.
Usually plays at normal speed; does not often come with fast-speed option of flashing at 1 second or less.
Choose between the English-to-Chinese bilingual programme or the Chinese-to-English version, depending on the user’s needs and preferences.
Cards can be flashed in English-to-Chinese sequence or Chinese-to-English sequence.
User has no choice as to the order of languages used in the bilingual programme.
Offers a wide range of subject categories --- very comprehensive.
Only basic and general subject categories are available in the market.
May cover a wide range of subject categories
Value for money, in terms of the wealth of information presented.
Expensive to buy flashcards beyond the basic subject categories.
Affordable option, that could offer plentiful information.
User-friendly feature, such as progress tracking of lessons done.
No progress tracking feature.
With Kiddy Bilingo, your child is systematically exposed to bilingualism through the many English-Chinese word-pairs that he will learn in gradual levels of difficulty. Our incremental approach lets your child strengthen his linguistic skills at an unhurried pace, while increasing his confidence in using both languages.
As your kid soaks up more word-pairs like the proverbial sponge, you will find his vocabulary and general knowledge growing from strength to strength. As a consequence, so will his communication skills and comprehension abilities in both languages. Communication-wise, your child will have a powerhouse of new English and Chinese words to express his feelings and thoughts, to describe things and happenings, and to use in his everyday speech with others. Do not be surprised if you observe your little one switching flexibly from one language to the other, depending on whom he is talking to. Comprehension-wise, he will also understand much more of what he hears in either language, whether from an adult, the television, computer or radio.
What is a by-product of Kiddy Bilingo to you as a parent? Well, you will be a happy witness to how your little darling is gradually growing into a bright and confident individual --- as you have always hoped for.