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Early Childhood

In order to become truly fluent in a language, it is essential to begin as early as possible. The younger the child is, the easier it is for them to grasp pronunciation and meaning. After the age of ten it becomes nearly impossible to obtain proper fluency in a language without years of intensive study and practice in a native environment. This is partially due to a solidifying of known phonemes, which are the smallest units of sound which make up language. In our formative years we are capable of producing all phonemic sounds, but as we age they become harder to identify and reproduce unless practiced. Since not all languages share the same phonemes it is essential that children begin speaking non-native languages as early as possible, and hear the pronunciations from native speakers.

Our mother-tongue instructors will introduce material with proper pronunciation in an environment that mimics a young childs natural learning style when acquiring language: forming connections through listening and observation. With these classes young children recieve the necessary foundation for achieving true fluency in the language.