5 ways ADULTS can learn English with native English CHILDREN

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Let’s face it, we are all children at heart, and sometimes there’s nothing quite like shaking off those heavy responsibilities of being an adult and just resorting to childlike behavior for a change.

Saying that, when you are learning English, chances are you are not in a class of all ages (children and adults) you are sitting in a room with all adults around you and the whole English lesson just gets downright  way too serious sometimes. This is where a bit of childish fun is good.

So the title of this post is ‘ways to’ learn English from children, well…I’ll give you a few pointers here just to get yourself in the mood.

  1. Get a homestay with a family who have children:

Your host family are really nice and helpful, but hey they have a life too, this is where them having children can be really good for you. Take the children out for a game outside. Often children have a lot more patience with a non native speaker than adults. Enjoy the fun and get to use your English in an everyday situation.

  1. Learn some children’s board games:

Games like snakes and ladders, monopoly and scrabble are great games just by themselves, but if you can get yourself into a game with the some children, you will learn so much English at the same time. Children have a real passion for competition with these kinds of games, so not only will you maybe learn a few extra phrases, you will also have some fun too!

  1. Children seem to have endless time to spend with you.

Children tend not to have ‘limited time’, they usually have all the time in the world and if you are someone to have fun with, they will jump in on it too. They will engage with you in a very natural way and teach you all the latest chit chat techniques by just simply conversing with you.

Take the opportunity to have a simple chat and you may well be delighted!

  1. Children speak natural English

Children just talk if they want to and don’t if they don’t. To engage with a child (over 5 that is!) will allow you the chance to speak naturally and effortlessly in a very uninhibited environment.

Great opportunity right? But just remember, they will lose interest if you are not fun too…so don’t get too serious!

  1. Get children to read things to you

What better way to help the child to read by listening to them with their own readers and you can pick up a word or two too! It’s a win-win situation.

WARNING:  Make sure you have the child’s parent’s permission too! There is nothing more creepy than an adult stranger trying to connect with a child in the park!!  As innocent as your intentions may be, always get the parents okay first. Who knows the parents may join in too!

 

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8 thoughts on “5 ways ADULTS can learn English with native English CHILDREN

  1. I’m learning Mandarin and I really like talking with the local kids! The nicest thing is that if I mis-hear something, they just take accept it and repeat their original sentence. Kids are great for chatting with!

  2. Good thinking. I have just been teaching visiting Japanese uni students who used one of our Australian homestay programs. When they gave reports about their weekends, I could hear that they were learning a lot of new language from the families. Spending time with the children was really helpful. A couple of them played cricket with the neigbourhood children almost every day and are cricket experts now!

  3. Another good option though, if you’re a stay-at-home person, is to try online sessions. That’s what I do. http://preply.com/en/skype/english-native-speakers teaches you how to learn English like native speakers. I’ve only been to 3 sessions though. My accent is not that thick, but it is there. So that’s what they’re working on with me. I hope this helps, too. 🙂

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