Thursday, March 3, 2011

Have Fun with Languages at the Ridgefield Library

The Ridgefield Library can help your child learn another language.  You may know about our foreign language picture books, or the Muzzy software available for loan, but we now also offer a children’s version of our popular web-based language learning software, Mango.  It is called Little Pim, and it is an enjoyable and easy way for children ages 0 to 6 to learn a second language.

Little Pim includes short videos of children eating and drinking, playing, and waking up smiling.  Within these videos is the Little Pim panda, an animated character who narrates the action with clear speech, allowing your child to grasp the basics of Russian, German, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Hebrew, English, Spanish or French. After watching the videos a few times, children can “test” themselves by playing with virtual flashcards.

Studies show that very young children can learn languages more easily than older people. The Library has gotten requests from many parents for language materials for their children, and we are delighted to be able to help our youngest patrons get off to a good start being international citizens.  Please visit the Library’s website and click on the Children’s page.  A link to Little Pim is front and center!

Contributed by Geri Diorio, Head of Children’s Services and Teen Services Librarian

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