A few linguistic tricks to help ease the burden of travelling with children…
As with many (possibly most!?) experiences of parenthood, travelling with children is one which manages to be frustrating, exhausting, stressful and ultimately fabulously fun and rewarding all at the same time. The chance to introduce our children to life outside of our home towns, cities and even countries, is one which we should embrace wholeheartedly (despite the inescapable knowledge that we will at some point – possibly before reaching the postcode boundary – be confronted with the classic line “Are we nearly there yet?”).
Part of embracing the experience of travelling abroad, for me, is learning the language – at least enough to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. Children are more than capable of doing the same – even your toddlers will be able to learn simple phrases in another language; which, trust me, is guaranteed to charm the locals!
So, to help you help your child (and maybe you!) to focus on some useful language, here is a list of phrases which my children and I have found to be very useful on holiday. We have provided the French and the Spanish. Other languages are available…
An ice cream please
Can I play?
Une glace s’il vous plait
Je peux jouer?
|¡Buenos Dias! ¡Hola!
Un helado por favor
Las patatas fritas
Another great way to practise language skills and pass the time is to play word bingo.
Use a template like the one below, and then stop, look, and listen to everything you can see and hear around you. It might keep you and the kids entertained whilst you wait for your cerveza or your vin blanc?
Whatever you do, and wherever you go, at home and abroad, we here at LINK wish you safe travels. Bonnes vacances and buen viaje!
Languages for Children first appeared in issue 170 of LINK magazine.
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