What Do You Think About Toddlers Learning a Second Language?

My girls are half-Filipino, but yet they don’t know Tagalog – the main language spoken in the Philippines.  My husband’s parents speak a form of Tagalog in their home and often converse with Rob in the language.  I know very, very few words and for the most part, don’t have a clue what they’re saying.

Rob and I have talked about purchasing a Language Learning Software, but it’s such a big expense that we’ve continued to put it off.  I think he would be the best teacher, but he feels like he can’t.  Soooo… we’re stuck!

I’ve often wondered if Sophia would even have interest in learning another language.  Sure, she picks up a few words here and there from Dora and can count to 10 in Spanish, thanks to the little lady too, but would she really like to learn a language?


Toddlers Learning a Second Language

You may have seen the name Little Pim pop up around the web, blog-o-sphere, and even television shows.  It seems like I’ve been seeing the little Panda everywhere lately.

When I was asked to check out the Little Pim Educational DVDs with the girls, I was so excited – maybe this was our chance to teach them some Tagalog!  Unfortunately, the language isn’t one of the 12 Languages that they have available though.  I was still interested in the concept and asked for a Spanish DVD – since Dora has already taught us a thing or two.

littlepimspanish4We received Spanish for Kids, “in my home” DVD 4.  In the Spanish collection alone, there are 6 DVD’s focusing on a different subject, all relative to a child’s life.  In fact, Little Pim is aimed at children under 6 – so my girls are right at the prime age.

We received the DVD in the mail one afternoon and the next day we had to go out of town, so I decided to pop it in the player in the van and see what they {meaning the one that can vocalize her opinion} thought about it!

She did not say a word the entire time it was on.  Seriously.  She just watched and watched – soaked it up!

The video shows a combination of animated and live action videos that really do a great job with capturing Sophia’s att


ention.  Although she’s in the back seat, she’s constantly telling me what’s on the screen and if she has one at her house or not.  There is no English spoken on this DVD, only words and phrases in Spanish.  I asked her to talk to me in Spanish and she replied that she didn’t know any.  I don’t think she even realizes that the video is using Spanish words – she doesn’t seem to.  She’s not trying to copy or repeat the video yet either, but I’m expecting that to come later.


Although we have TVs inside, Sophia usually requests the video when we’re in the car – not really sure why, but that’s fine by me!  I love that it’s educational and entertaining all in one.

So, my two toddlers are busy learning a second language – yes, I have TWO toddlers now {mind boggling} and I hope that they both show interest in learning their father’s native language one day too!

You can check out Little Pim on their website, and you can also find the Little Pim Products on Amazon for a great price on individual DVDs or Sets too!

Do your children know a Second Language?  How did you teach them?


  1. Dino lingo for kids does one in Tagalog. My 3- year old loves it!  
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  3. Bubbles is just a bit young right now but I do plan on teaching her a second (maybe even third) language when she's a bit older. Being multilingual is a huge bonus when applying for jobs and it's easier to learn languages when you're younger. I took French in high school and minored in Spanish in college, so I can maybe help her a bit with those. A1 is taking German in college right now, so maybe she can help her little sis with some of that, too!
  4. I think it's great to teach kids a second language, and I've heard that it's so much easier to do when they're young. I wish I had done it with my son, but he had a speech delay and getting him to speak at all was my main priority.
  5. I think it is great for them to learn a second language. Or even a third. It is easier for little ones to learn a language than it is for the earlier they start the better. These days the more languages you know the better off you will be. It can really expand your opportunities!
  6. I'm Filipino too and I want to make sure my son grows up learning to speak in both English and Tagalog. I want him to understand what others are saying whenever we visit the Philippines. I'm even thinking about letting him take lessons in Spanish so that he can also strike up conversations with spanish-speaking folks.
  7. My kiddos speak Hungarian and English. Hubby speaks Hungarian to them and I use English. We live in Hungarian, so they also get it when we're out and about and from friends.
  8. All 3 of my kids are completely bi-lingual and I thing it's fabulous. We have bought several kids learning languages programs over the years and regularly teach them. There is so much research taht shows bi-lingual kids have higher IQs and do better in definitely can't hurt! :)
  9. This is a great post, thank you! Our kids are slowly learning American Sign Language and I would love to teach them French, also. I would REALLY love for them to learn Spanish and Mandarin (I'm a language geek wannabe), but we'll start with ASL first and go from there. Right now, they're working on colors and the ABC's. It's so neat to watch their hands fly in the air in a furry, even though I know they don't know what they're saying or how they're saying it. I guess the same is true for learning English for the first time, eh?
  10. I LOVE this idea. My husband's parents both spoke fluent Spanish, but yet he picked up very little. Now, we are both wishing he spoke fluent Spanish so he could teach our kids.
  11. My kids are learning French and Spanish as well as English. We teach it through using it ourselves (I know a bit of both) and with Little Pim!
  12. I am in the process of teaching my toddlers spanish, like basic commands and simple vocabulary. They actually enjoy learning it! I have bought them flash cards and workbooks and also check out children's books from the library that include english & spanish text. I read the english first, and then the spanish. They may not pick up on all that I am reading to them (especially my 2 year old that has a 10 second attention span), but I think that it is helpful for my 4 year old to try to understand what the section that he is reading is saying by picking out words that he does know, look for cognates, etc. It's like trying to put together a puzzle. In fact, this is how many of my Spanish professors taught me in college. I was handed a reading section from an advanced class and tried to decipher what it meant based upon what I already knew. Of course, I stick to simple preschool/kindergarten Spanish books with my children.
    1. * Since I have a Mexican/Spanish background, I want to keep some of that culture in my family. I think that it is important to at least practice some forms of foreign languages. In fact, a couple of weeks ago I was at the DMV and the woman at the desk was trying to explain (in english) to a man who knew very little english what documentation that he needed for his license. I am not fluent by any means, but I was able to help him a little by the vocabulary that I did know.

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