Foreign Language is not my favorite subject to teach. It wasn’t my favorite subject to learn in school either. But as a homeschool mom, I know it is important to teach it to my children. We have done a few simple words in Spanish here and there, but nothing consistent.
My best friend from college is an interpreter for a deaf student and also at her church. When we visited this past year, they were able to watch her “work” and became fascinated with sign language. And since they know I took sign language in college, they ask me all the time what signs are for certain words.
That’s when I decided we should start watching some videos and learning a foreign language, even if just a little bit. But all my kids want to learn different languages and I didn’t want to buy four different curriculums. So I went searching for videos on YouTube.
I know these aren’t going to give our oldest high school credit, so we have to narrow his choice down. But in the meantime, learning a little here and there before he makes a final decision is fine with me. I would rather him pick one and stick with it than get bored.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to learn a foreign language in your homeschool, check out these YouTube channels and videos.
NOTE: YouTube can be a wonderful tool when used correctly. We encourage parents to review channels first before your child views it. We do not make any claims to know what is appropriate for your child(ren), that is totally your call. Please review these channels to make sure they align with your homeschooling goals and values.
Miss Panda Chinese – This channel is great for young learners who are just beginning Chinese. With fun, simple graphics and sometimes even children, your kids will forget they’re learning.
Basho & Friends – With this range of videos, kids can learn Spanish, French, and Mandarin – all through music. And over 73,000 people can’t be wrong about how fun they are, right?
Dialect101.com – This channel is solely dedicated to teaching foreign languages. They have a ton of videos for beginners to start learning basic words and phrases, plus some geared specifically toward kids. Choose from Spanish, French, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin, German, Swedish, Thai and more!
Easy Languages – This channel is unique in that it isn’t taught from one teacher, but rather through real people on the streets. So while I think this is a great concept, I would proceed with caution for sure. Each video has captions in both the local language and English, so no matter what level you are you can learn and follow along.
Babbel – First, let me say that I’ve heard there can be some questionable material in the sentences they ask you to say or repeat, so proceed with caution on this one. However, I have also heard this is a great channel (and app) to help you learn any language. So for what it’s worth, I would give this one a chance if you’re looking to get serious.
Steve Kaufmann – lingosteve – Self-taught linguist, Steve Kaufmann just loves languages. His videos teach you about the different languages in a simple, easy-to-understand way; the way he learned them!
LanguagePod101 – They offer a ton of different YouTube channels with hundreds of videos for all different languages. Check out these different channels to get you started – JapanesePod101, KoreanClass101, FrenchPod101, GermanPod101, SpanishPod101, ChineseClass101, RussianPod101, and ItalianPod101.
And don’t forget about using ASL as a Foreign Language
Foreign Language Videos for Kids
French Learning Videos for Kids | Learning Time Fun
Learn French for Kids – Numbers, Colors & More | Rock ‘n Learn
Learn French for Kids – Food, Activities & Animals | Rock ‘n Learn
Learn Spanish for Kids – Numbers, Colors & More | Rock ‘n Learn
Learn Italian for Kids – Food, Activities & Animals | Rock ‘n Learn
Learn German for Kids – Body Parts, Family & Feelings | Rock ‘n Learn
Learn Chinese for Kids – Numbers, Colors & More | Rock ‘n Learn
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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating UNIT STUDIES and FREE PRINTABLES for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about homeschooling, homemaking and marriage while trying to maintain her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers where she shares her tips on homeschooling without breaking the bank.
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