The lovely Lucas again!
Lucas has been singing in the car this time - what a sweetie! He's a great example of what level of language you can achieve at home even if you don't speak any languages yourself. Lucas' parents aren't fluent in a second language and he has learned all of this from attending our classes and practising at home. And he's only TWO!
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Baby Anna following instructions in French
This is Annalise, the original little Lingotot, following instructions in French aged only 10 months! People ask me all the time why little children should learn a second language and this is why! You can also read more on our blog post last year by clicking here.
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Lucas singing our numbers song
We love sharing the achievements of our little Lingotots with the world. We even have a special part of our sessions where we tell everyone all about what the children have been doing in the target language out in the big wide world. For example, some children say "bonjour" to greet an adult, some sing our songs to their toys and others will point to pictures in a book and say the correct word in French/Spanish/Mandarin. We're constantly fascinated and delighted by the ways in which they use the language they have learned in class.
Some of our proud LingoMums and LingoDads (and even LingoGrans!) send us videos of what their child has been up to. Most of us have a mobile phone with a video function and it's really easy to catch our children speaking a foreign language.
Here at Lingotot HQ we are always utterly delighted to receive these videos - they really do make our day. The example here is little Lucas. He's only two and has monolingual parents, so every word of French he has learned has started in a Lingotot class. We hope you enjoy it!
Do you have a short video of your little one showing off their foreign language skills? If so please share it with us! Email us your clips.
BABIES, toddlers and schoolchildren in Glasgow and Stirlingshire will be able to learn new languages to help them become fluent more quickly – thanks to our newest member of the team, Janet.
Youngsters will be able to speak in French and Spanish as they learn English to help them get to grips with languages more easily.
Janet Phillips is setting up the lessons after buying a franchise from UK-wide company Lingotot earlier this year.
She hopes the lessons will help broaden opportunities for Scottish children, and has seen how easily younger children learn languages.
“I was looking after my four-year-old grandson, Archie, and he was watching a CBBC programme called The Lingo Show,” said the mum-of-two.
“I know that the earlier children learn new languages the easier they pick it up, so watching Archie made me think about setting up a business to teach children languages.”
Janet, a self-employed HR consultant since 1993, gained a masters degree in translating and interpretation and was only too aware of how being able to speak other languages opened doors of opportunity.
After 20 years being a consultant, Janet wanted to a new opportunity herself, so started looking into establishing her own business.
She said: “I worked a lot at home and it is a lonely job. I wanted to do something where I got to meet new people and when I started researching, I found the Lingotot website.
“The branding is so good and the more I looked at the product the more I saw just how well thought out it was. So, I decided to make a call to find out more, because it would be much quicker than having to set everything up from scratch yourself.”
Within a couple of months, Janet had bought the franchise covering Glasgow West and North Helensbrough.
She is now setting up local sessions and will also be offering Lingotot lessons to schools as they gear up for introducing languages to lessons.
Janet said: “The Scottish Government has set up a working group actively looking into foreign modern languages and want to young children to be introduced to two languages by 2020.
“Many schools may not have teachers who will be able to provide the lessons, which is where they can bring Lingotot into school to do that for them.”
Lingotot already links with Key Stages 1 and 2 in England, and its sessions are already being used in schools there.
The business was set up by mum-of-two Angela Sterling, who was taking time out from teaching after the birth of her first daughter.
Teachers and parents were so impressed with the sessions they asked her to introduce books and CDs so that lessons could continue at home.
Angela said: “We are delighted to welcome Janet to Lingotot, especially as she is the first franchisee in Scotland. The sessions she will manage will help toddlers get to grips with language earlier and help improve their future prospects.”
For more details about Lingotot sessions, contact Janet by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephoning 0845 680 8148.
Here at Lingotot we're delighted to announce that our very own Davina Hamilton has been nominated for the New Business BizMums Award.
Davina Hamilton runs Lingotot sessions in community centres, nurseries and schools in Shrewsbury and Telford. What makes her success even more remarkable is that she has only recently given birth to her second son alongside running the business alongside her job as a vet AND she doesn't even speak any languages! Instead she recruits highly-qualified tutors to teach the sessions.
Davina says, “I think it’s a fantastic idea to teach children while they are so young as they learn much more quickly. The Government announced last year that children as young as five will be taught a language, but there is a lot of research that shows they learn a language even better from a younger age.”
She adds, “Lingotot is already successful and has been growing rapidly in the past couple of years. Sessions are offered to nurseries and schools and there are also a number of community sessions too. When I heard about Lingotot from a friend and was told about the franchises I thought it would be a great opportunity."
For more information on Davina's classes, you can email her at email@example.com or call 0845 680 8148. She also has a facebook page.
The awards take place on Saturday 14th September 2013, Lord Hill Hotel in Shrewsbury from 10am – 5pm.
A HUGE thank you to you and your team for all of your efforts this week – it’s been absolutely brilliant, and teachers and students alike seem to have loved it! - Tyneside Cinema
Here at Lingotot, we were very proud to be working with Tyneside Cinema on their exciting Crossing Cultures event. The cinema screened some of the finest French, German and Spanish films suitable for primary school pupils.
During the week-long event, Lingotot provided engaging language activities alongside exclusive foreign film screenings for Key Stage 1 and 2 children, and provided a FREE follow-up assembly or classroom session for each primary school taking part.
We also prepared some resources for schools to use in class to follow up the sessions. Schools were given a password at the film screening and details of where to find the resources.
We had a brilliant time - you can see that in the pictures! We'd love to do it again next year, hope to see you there!
Español (Spanish) also called Castellano (Castilian) is a Romance language that originated in Castile, in Spain. There are approximately 407 million people speaking Spanish as a native language, making it the second-most-spoken language by number of native speakers after Mandarin (China’s varieties or dialects).
Very young children have an amazing ability to aquire language. Children learn to speak during the first two years of life. In those 24 months, the baby is able to identify and name objects. After 2 years, children begin to form short sentences and simple questions can gradually advancing in the knowledge of the language to be able to construct more complicated, longer sentences. Their speech up to five years old will be similar to adults but with a much smaller vocabulary.
But how can you help build up their knowledge? To start off with, a small game can help identify the letters in Spanish and so begin to form short words, use all the resources available to them as videos on YouTube, the library nearest to your house ask for a book that can show you the basic introduce to the Spanish for little ones or borrow a basic DVD how to learn Spanish, etc.. There are many resources, at the beginning should not be frustrating for parents, the advantage is that not only the child will begin to learn the parents too.
Note from the Editor: Don't forget that Lingotot classes support your child by helping them learn a second language in a very natural and interactive way. We give parents lots of support too so you can learn together!
We were delighted to be finalists in the North East Business Awards 2013 #northeastbusinessawards. We were finalists in a massive TWO categories: Newcomer of the Year and Small Business of the Year. We had an awesome night and we'd like to thank the organisers and congratulate the winners. You can read more about the night and the winners here. We're particularly proud of Derwentside Homes, a fellow Stanley-based company.
The Newcomer of the Year award was judged on the following criteria so we are delighted to have made it through to the final!
The Small Business of the Year category was also very challenging and the judges loved Lingotot and how far we'd come so quickly.
Join us in our World Book Day celebrations! We have uploaded recordings of us telling some popular children's stories in French, perfect for sharing with children of all ages.
Storytelling is one of the most enjoyable and effective techniques to share languages with young children.
When you read and tell stories the children become immersed in rich language in context, which leads to higher levels in speech and literacy. This applies to both first and second languages!
Here at Lingotot we believe in giving children the best possible language experience from the very moment they start learning a language. That's why we read stories at every single one of our sessions, even with the babies!
We hope you enjoy sharing our stories with your little ones and enjoy celebrating World Book Day 2013!
Click here to access the stories.
Celebrate Chinese New Year 2013 by singing along to one of our fantastic Mandarin karaoke songs! "If you're Happy and You Know it". Singing is a great way of learning a language with your little ones.
This week it was reported that not enough UK schools are offering lessons in Mandarin Chinese, putting the country’s economic recovery at risk. Research conducted by the British Council and HSBC said the number of schools offering the language was ‘stagnant at best’ You can read more here
Did you know that Lingotot offers Mandarin classes in schools, nurseries and community centres from children aged 0-11? Contact us to find a class near you or to recommend your child's school to us.