Start a New Language at Home

Growing up, some children may or may not have access to foreign language classes at school. Though more scientists are finding that children who have exposure to foreign languages excel on examinations and with interpersonal skills, many more school districts are cutting foreign language classes. In an article for The Telegraph, Catherine Ford states, “Pupils who learn a foreign language outscore their non-foreign language learning peers in verbal and maths standardised tests, indicating that learning additional language is a cognitive activity not just a linguistic one.” 

In response, Parents created a list of 6 foreign languages that children should learn. Here are a few words from each to help you and your kids get started:

  1. Spanish

  2. Hello: Hola

  3. Oh-lah

  4. Goodbye: Adiós

  5. Ah-dee-ohs

  6. Please: Por favor

  7. Pour fah-v-oar

  8. Thank you: Gracias

  9. Grah-see-ahs

  10. I love you: Te quiero

  11. Tay key-air-oh

  12. French

  13. Hello: Bonjour

  14. Bahn-jour

  15. Goodbye: Au Revoir

  16. Ow re-voo-ar

  17. Please: S’il vous plaît

  18. Seal voo play

  19. Thank you: Merci

  20. Meh-r-see

  21. I love you: Je t’aime

  22. Jay tame

  23. Mandarin Chinese

  24. Hello: 你好 (Nǐ hǎo)

  25. Nee how

  26. Goodbye: 再见 (Zàijiàn)

  27. Z-eye-chee-en

  28. Please: 请 (Qǐng)

  29. Ching

  30. Thank you: 谢谢 (Xièxiè)

  31. She-she

  32. I love you: 我爱你 (Wǒ ài nǐ)

  33. Wha eye nee

  34. Italian

  35. Hello: Ciao

  36. Chow

  37. Goodbye: Addio

  38. Ah-dee-oh

  39. Please: Per favore

  40. Pair fah-voo-ray

  41. Thank you: Grazie

  42. Graht-zee-eh

  43. I love you: Ti amo

  44. Tee ah-moh

  45. German

  46. Hello: Hallo

  47. Hah-low

  48. Goodbye: Auf Wiedersehen

  49. Ow-f Vee-der-zen

  50. Please: Bitte

  51. Bit-uh

  52. Thank you: Danke

  53. Dahn-kuh

  54. I love you: Ich liebe dich

  55. Eek lee-bey deek

  56. American Sign Language

  57. Hello:

  1. Goodbye:

  1. Please:

  1. Thank you:

  1. I love you:

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