Bosley, the Language Bear

Parent-Child Bonding with Secret Code Words in a Second Language

HelloIn order to encourage your child’s interest in a second language, and at the same time maintaining a strong friendship with your child, try creating teaching them a few words in a second language that you can use as “secret code words”.  Here’s what I mean…

If you teach your child the phrase “Do you want ice cream?” (in German this would be:  “willst du Eis?”) this would give you a good opportunity to suggest a special parent-child outing without anyone else knowing what you’re up to.  Or “Let’s go shopping” (Spanish: “Vamos de compras”)

Your children will feel proud that they understand these words especially if they are around friends or other students who don’t know what the two of you are talking about.  Even simple phrases like “please” and “thank you” can be empowering for a child to be able to usefully implement in the appropriate scenario.


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