Teach Your Bambino Italian – The Parents Guide

There are so many good reasons to teach your kids Italian; they will have lots of people to talk to since more than 80 million in the world speak Italian, it is a beautiful language to be able to speak, and if your kids learn Italian then that will give you a good excuse to visit Italy and enjoy all the wonderful things that Italy has to offer. So with that in mind, we have collected lots of fun and easy resources that parents can use to help teach their kids Italian.

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The Best DVDs and Language Learning Systems to Teach Kids Italian

An easy way to help kids learn a new language is from watching a native speaker in a simple and fun way on a DVD. Here are a few DVDs and DVD based language learning systems that can teach kids a bit of Italian.

  • Italian for Kids: Language Box Set (Vol. I) is the Little Pim DVD series that uses immersion and interaction techniques to create to help kids ages 0-5 learn Italian.  Each DVD teaches more than 60 new words and phrases arranged in five-minute episodes.
  • Early Lingo Italian is a 6 DVD Series that gives children ages 6 months to 6 years a solid foundation in a second language through an animated and live-action adventure series. The topics include colors and shapes at the park, numbers and counting at the farm, opposites at the beach, alphabet at school, at the market and in the city. With approximately 210 minutes total running time and over 450 words and phrases, the set will give your child a solid foundation in Italian.
  • Italian for Kids – Learning Italian for Children is the Dino Lingo’s DVD based learning system that includes CDs, books, posters and flashcards for children who are learning Italian. It isn’t cheap ($100+) but it is generally very well reviewed. You can see a preview of it here.
  • Italian for Children: Professor Toto Language Education Kit – Italian Version is a total immersion DVD set that also includes 4 animated DVDs, 2 audio CDs, 2 activity books and 3 reference books. You can view a preview of the DVD it here. You can buy the DVDs separately or the kit for around $200.
  • Ciao Bambolini is a DVD that teaches children the basic language, art, food, culture and music of Italy. You can watch a short trailer for it here.
  • Bilingual Baby: Teach Baby Italian is a DVD for ages 1 to 5 that introduces over 60 words and phrases by completely immersing your child in Italian. The Bilingual Baby DVDs are reality-based, presenting everyday objects that any child can recognize and are a part of their world, such as puppies, toys, and lots of other children

Free Online Games to Help Teach Italian

An easy way to expose children to a new language in a fun way is through online games. There isn’t a huge selection of Italian -English games for kids, but here are a couple that we like:
Purpose Games has a wide range of simple Italian games that are good for kids.
Digital Dialects has lots of simple games that will help kids learn Italian basics.

Best Italian Apps for Kids

Apps are fantastic resources for helping kids learn a new language and they are lots of fun as well. Here are a few Italian apps for kids that we recommend:

  • Learn Italian by MindSnacks has 9 games designed to teach Italian vocabulary and conversation skills. You can download the first lesson for free and if you like it you can upgrade to access all 50 lessons and 40+ hours of content.
  • Learn Italian Baby Flash Cards is a free app that has over 450 high quality images with text and voiceovers. There are additional real sounds where applicable (such as a lion’s roar or an ambulance siren) to enhance visual and auditory learning and memory simultaneously. Parents have the option to turn voiceovers off during parent-child learning session and turn voiceovers on when the child is self-learning. They can enable Question Mode to display 4 images and ask the child to click on the right answer. Complexity of words is perfect for ages 1 to 4. Categories include: Food items, Animals, Alphabet, Transportation, Numbers, Colors & Shapes, Clothing, Household items, Body Parts, Outdoor items, Music Instruments/Arts & Learning.

Italian Learning Books for Kids

  • Lightning-Fast Italian for Kids and Families: Learn Italian, Speak Italian, Teach Kids Italian  is a good option for parents who want to teach their kids Italian but don’t speak Italian themselves. This book shows parents ways to incorporate Italian into everyday activities, so children can learn Italian while doing the things that are common at home.
  • Let’s Learn Italian Picture Dictionary introduces beginning language learners to more than 1,550 commonly taught basic Italian words displayed in 30 two-page spreads that illustrate the meanings of words. The images focus on scenes familiar to children aged three through eight, such as home life, the classroom, city life, sports, the zoo, etc.  This picture Dictionary also includes an index and glossary of all the illustrated words in the book.
  • Italian for Children, Third Edition (Book & CDs) is a fun and effective way for your child to learn the Italian language and culture. This program has a full-color illustrated guidebook that features cartoons, characters, and fun facts. It also has two audio CDs that guide your child through the course and teach language through a combination of Italian-language songs, games, and activities as well as and activity book.

Italian Songs for Kids

Mama Lisa has a fantastic list of Italian songs for kids.

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If you have any useful resources to help teach kids Italian let us know in the comments below.
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Teach Your Kids Spanish

Hola! Did you know that Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world?  So for anyone who is looking for Spanish resources for kids, we have put together a small list of the very best DVDs, CD/MP3, websites, and books that we could find that parents can use to help kids learn Spanish at home.

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DVDs

Your best bet if you are looking for a DVD to help you teach your kids Spanish is the Whistlefritz series Spanish for Kids: The Complete Collection.


This series has won 48 awards (48!) and the reviews really are over the top good. It was even one of Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Children’s Products for 2012. The reason this DVD series is so good is it covers all kinds of thing such as different rooms of the house, parts of the body, animals, seasons. Each DVD is less than 30 min, and all the songs from the DVDs are also on a CDs which you can use to help reinforce what your child is learning. It’s great fun and educational DVD.

Helpful CDs/MP3s

 There are lots of CDs out there to help teach kids Spanish but since we are going to recommend only one our favourtie has got to be En Mi Casa from En Mi Casa. The reason this cd is our favorite is because the songs are fun and catchy and our kids love it. The music is great with catchy lyrics that make it a fun language lesson. En Mi Casa includes all the lyrics which are easy to follow because the singing is clear and slow enough to follow along with.  So there you have it.

Popular Books

 

 

A great book to teach your kids Spanish is I Can Read and Speak in Spanish (Book + Audio CD). It is for a complete beginner and is very basic. Also it includes an audio CD which is very important when just starting out with a language. The book goes over 60 words that are used in simple illustrated stories. Learning activities at the end of each story encourage kids to re-create the sentences and create new sentences of their own, using specially designed flash-card symbols. Each book includes a storybook illustrated with photograph, storybook narration (on CD) for proper pronunciation, flash cards and stickers and tips for parents on how to adapt the material to their child’s learning style.

Free Websites

SpanishTown is a free site that has good Spanish language learning materials for all levels and all ages.

DuoLingo is a fun free site that is great for school aged kids. It has gamified language learning and is 100% free.

Discovery Kids Spanish has lots of fun videos in Spanish for kids.

123 Teach Me has a well organised site that is perfect for helping kids learn Spanish. It has vocabulary, games, quizzes, numbers, flashcards and lots more.

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