Having said all this however, it is not that easy when you live in a country that is English. I have searched for an online programm for young students in vain. This is the ONE home school product sorely lacking world wide. All the programs I have looked at need a student to be at a grade three to four level before commencing second language studies.
Personally I really really like Rosetta Stone products and this is the program we will be using to learn French as soon as Sir N is reading a little more fluently.
Choosing a second Language
There were a number of factors I took into consideration when choosing French as our second (my third) language. In Australia Chinese (Mandarin) is often the language of choice as we are really close the Asian market geographically. I chose not to study this as you can not use it world wide. The two languages that I looked at were French and Spanish. In the end we settled on French as it is spoken in more countries in the world than Spanish and if we do ever travel internationally it would serve us well. I chose not to teach my children Afrikaans as this language is only spoken in South Africa and can only be understood in Finland and some parts of Holland.
When looking at second language options be sure to ask yourself why that particular language and when your child will ever use it ?
Is Latin a second Language ?
That depends on how you view it. In one sense it is and in another no because it is not actively spoken in any one country in the world today. Having said this it is a root language to English and will help your student to understand and perform in the language arts arena far more easily with a basic knowledge of it. In the science fields it is well and truly alive and will serve your student well to have a working knowledge of it for the high school years.
- Rosetta Stone
- Pinterest Homeschool - Foreign Languages
- Pinterest Homeschool - Latin
- Learn A Foreign Language For FREE!
- Learning Latin and Other Languages the Old Fashioned Way
- Foreign Language Resources by The Tech Homeschooler - Andy Harris
- Dad and Foreign Languages - Marlin Detweiler
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