What would you say was the most common cause for not reaching a good level of Greek? Not enough time? Your child is not interested enough? The language is too difficult to learn?
Although those may look like valid reasons on the surface, both intuitively, and from experience, you know your child is very capable of learning a lot of things – such as endless lists of Dinosaur names – in a relatively short amount of time.
Live, Learn and Be Greek
So how could we get our children to apply the same enthusiasm for learning Greek?
At Ellinopoula.com we understand that the most likely cause for not reaching a good level of Greek is the absence of an interactive environment and methods. Because of that, the Ellinopoula.com platform is designed to engage and encourage children to engage even more in fun and productive activities for them to learn Greek.
Greek is not just about “learning” the language. It’s about learning, living and being the Greek language. It’s about that immediate feedback. It’s about learning Greek in real time. Just like the Alphabet Bubbles game; children have fun not by trying to spend time “learning”, but through living and reinforcing the Greek language in their own life by trying to pop those Alphabet Bubbles! Because, just like children want to know what that magnificent and terrifying Dinosaur is called – not for its name’s sake, but because a T-Rex is an awesome creature - similarly, they want to get the corresponding Greek letter right to pop the bubble in Alphabet Bubbles because it’s such great fun.
Language is a “Living Organism”
We’ve all heard the expression that language is a “living organism.” What was once referred to as “getting feedback” and “tracking” progress is now “interactive learning”. Let’s have a look how this would work in a traditional case scenario and how Ellinopoula.com makes it work for your child to learn Greek.
Children learning a language in its native country have the natural advantage of being exposed to it during the formative years and being fully immersed in an environment where that language is spoken.
Where most students (both young and old), and parents make a mistake, is in assuming that it’s mostly a matter of “more time needed” with the language. They key to learning Greek is that – just like with any other skill – the more immediate the feedback, the more immediate the learning curve.
In a classroom with teachers, a home with relatives, or a playground of other children correcting you in real time how to pronounce that Dinosaur’s name you’ve never seen before, you’d be motivated to learn also!
The “Reading to Learn” quizzes is another example of a very effective interactive learning activity. Children see a particular action portrayed in a photo, and they have to choose from a list of three options. Getting the wrong answer prompts children to “δοκίμασε ξανά”, while getting it right rewards them with a “Μπράβο! Συνέχισε να μαθαίνεις.”
Browse around the Child’s World and see for yourself what interesting and engaging videos, games and activities we have.