International Mother Language Day is celebrated on 21st February 2020. In this blog post, we aim to promote the awareness of language – its significance, ways to teach your child their mother tongue, and how to make them feel confident when speaking their language.
What Is the Importance of Language?
The significance of language lies in its undeniable relationship with culture. It is a solid means of learning, understanding, and communicating the beliefs, values, and customs of a particular culture. Apart from that, language helps instil feelings of solidarity and identity in speakers. It also plays a huge role in preserving and conveying shared values and traditions.
How to Help Your Child Retain Their Native Language Abroad?
To ensure that your child is fluent in their native language, here are a few things that you can do to achieve your aim.
1. Converse with them in their Native Language
When raising a child in a non-native land, it is likely they will be more proficient in the non-native language than their mother tongue. You should make it a point to talk to your child in their native language at home.
The more you speak to your child in their mother tongue, the better they will become at speaking multiple languages.
2. Watch Native Movies or TV Shows At Home
If you are not a fluent native speaker yourself but you want to encourage your child to speak the native language, watch TV shows or movies of your home country with your child. This will also be a great way to improve your language skills too.
3. Visit Your Home Land
This will also help your child become more aware of the social and cultural practices of their parent’s native land. They will learn to embrace cultural diversity and take pride in their language and culture.
London is a multicultural city that takes pride in having the most ethnically diverse population.