Language Nannies® and Early Language Enrichment

  • The Benefits of Being Bilingual

    The ability to speak a second or third language fluently is more important than ever in today’s globalized world. By helping your children becoming fluent in another language, you not only broaden their horizons and open them up to new cultures, you also give them a competitive edge in a multinational economy.

    What’s more, research has shown that learning a new language supports academic achievement and cognitive growth in a variety of ways, from helping to improve problem solving and memory skills and attention control, to strengthening students’ reading skills. There is even a correlation between the study of new languages and higher scores on college admissions exams, and it’s no wonder!

    Read on to learn more!

  • “In Manhattan’s Upper East Side, well-to-do parents line up around the block to enroll their infants and toddlers in François Thibaut’s language classes.”
    The Wall Street Journal

  • How a Child Learns a New Language

    So how does a child learn to speak a new language? We realized long ago that it is not through dry grammatical drills, as these are more likely to put children to sleep than instill a love of learning new languages. Rather, it is through fun, supportive, and humorous play that they learn. Because there’s a link between emotion and memory, it’s essential to engage the child emotionally in every activity.

  • A Language Nanny: The Perfect Partner for Immersive Play

    Imagine trying to explain the concept of feminine and masculine nouns to an 18-month-old, or the imperfect tense to a 5-year-old. Children are unlikely to grasp these nuanced grammatical structures, but still, children the world over are capable of learning two or three languages, starting from a very young age.

    How do they do it? The answer is simple: they are immersed in these languages, day in and day out, in a variety of situations. At the Language Workshop for Children, we have been utilizing immersion for many years, helping to acclimate children to real-life foreign language environments.

    And to help children retain their new knowledge and skills for a lifetime instead of a week, we added the elements of play and personal interaction. By engaging children’s hearts as well as their minds, we have been able to instill a love of language acquisition in countless children.

    Who better to bring the practice of immersive play to your child’s everyday routine than a native speaking nanny? A Language Nanny can help your child build an expansive vocabulary in French, Spanish, Italian, or Mandarin, but, even more importantly, he or she will also help your child absorb the grammatical patterns that are necessary for formulating original thoughts, phrases, and sentences. As your language nanny chats away merrily to your son in Spanish or Italian, instructs him on how to hold a crayon in French, or helps your daughter learn to ask a question in Mandarin, your child will absorb the patterns and auditory templates he or she needs to communicate effectively in a new language.

    Parents of bilingual children agree that if you want your child to become fluent in the target language, he or she should spend about 30% of his or her daily activities immersed in the language. That’s why we strongly believe every family would benefit from a Language Nanny, who will support and nurture your child’s intellectual, emotional, and linguistic growth each and every day.

  • One Language, One Nanny

    Perhaps you speak Italian, while your spouse speaks German, and your new Language Nanny speaks French. A very effective method for teaching one or more languages in your home is the “One Parent/Caregiver, One Language” approach. This approach, where a child associates his mother with Italian, his father with German, and his Language Nanny with French, helps the child to become multilingual without mixing up the different languages in his or her mind.

    We encourage you to try this approach with your Language Nanny!