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Getting Them Started in Another Tongue

Introduce them to foreign-language picture books, audio and videotapes with dialogues and songs geared to young children.

Check out tutorial software from companies such as Syracuse Language Systems and The Learning Co.

Expose them to foreign cultures by searching the Web for such sites as Paris.org, which can be viewed in English and French.

Hire a bilingual nanny or housekeeper.

Look for cable-television cartoons and shows broadcast in other languages.

Examine grocery items with foreign labels, and sample native foods.

Label household objects to practice foreign words.

Invite guests to your home who are fluent in other languages. If possible, host an exchange student, or visit the country with your family.

Help your kids find overseas pen pals.

Consider enrolling your child in a public-school immersion program that teaches all or part of the curriculum in a second language.

DATA: BERLITZ LANGUAGE CENTERS; NATIONAL NETWORK FOR EARLY LANGUAGE LEARNING; BUSINESS WEEK


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