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How do I help a child with autism spectrum disorder learn words?

How do I help a child with autism spectrum disorder learn words?

When you show your friends a picture on your phone or point to a drink on a menu to a restaurant server, you are sharing your focus of attention with other people. ‘Joint attention’ is when two or more people are able to focus their…

Should I translate words to help a bilingual child build her vocabulary?

Should I translate words to help a bilingual child build her vocabulary?

You remember the lists of word translations you had to memorize for each unit in your school’s second language class. Chat means cat. Chien means dog. Souris means mouse… Lists so long they would lull you to sleep.A lot of second language teaching is about…

Does language overlap help a bilingual child learn two languages?

Does language overlap help a bilingual child learn two languages?

Some languages may sound quite similar to an adult. A native speaker of Italian for example may be able to make out some words in Spanish. Other languages may sound very different to an adult. A native Italian speaker may be completely lost as to…

Does caregiver’s screen time affect children’s language development

Does caregiver’s screen time affect children’s language development

There is a lot of talk about children’s screen time and possible effects on development. Many countries even publish time limit guidelines. At Kotoboo, we have already written a handful of posts on it (click here to check out our posts on screen time and…

Are some languages more difficult to learn than others?

Are some languages more difficult to learn than others?

There are over 6000 languages across the world, each different from the next. Yet, children can learn any of these languages, along a similar timeline. Each language has its own words for things. A child learning Japanese will have to learn that ‘niwatori’ refers to…

Have you ever seen ads for apps that supposedly help babies learn language in the womb?

Have you ever seen ads for apps that supposedly help babies learn language in the womb?

Caregivers can feel a lot of pressure to give their child a head start learning language, or any skill. With a whole market dedicated to ‘the earliest educational experiences’, it can seem enticing to start even before a baby is born: in the womb. That…

How do babies start learning words?

How do babies start learning words?

At first glance, it can seem that one of the biggest challenges for learning language is figuring out what each word means. For example, learning that ‘dog’ means any furry animal that barks. We often overlook the challenge of first figuring out that when someone…

Does the age I introduce a language to a child determine how well they learn it?

Does the age I introduce a language to a child determine how well they learn it?

Languages can be learned at any age: from a nanny, on an exchange in undergrad, after a work promotion to an international office, in a seniors activity class. Caregivers and educators can feel pressure to introduce a second language from a very young age. We…

What information do newborn babies use to help them learn language?

What information do newborn babies use to help them learn language?

Imagine you are flipping through TV channels and stop on one in a language you do not know. It can be very hard to pick out words or figure out the meaning. However, what you might notice is a distinct melody. You may notice that…

Do children need to hear each language equally to become bilingual?

Do children need to hear each language equally to become bilingual?

Some kids may hear Japanese at home and English at school. Other kids may hear one of their caregiver’s speak Spanish and the other French. Bilingual children grow up learning two languages, but how much they hear or speak each language can vary greatly. Typically,…