The Learnables

If you’re looking for a language program, check out The Learnables.  On the website you can see lesson demos, some of which can seem quite dull but make sense in their approach.  Instead of learning the words “for” things (ie memorizing the word in each language: apple – manzana, etc.), you see a pictorial representation and hear the word or phrase in the language you’re learning.

There are of course many programs that lean toward immersion; this seems worth checking out if the interest and motivation are there for a language and you’ve either got a kid who’s not reading English yet or one who just prefers pictures and sound. You might have more luck than with more bookish materials.

See also my older post about Berlitz’ Rush Hour series.  I get lots of happy feedback about their materials.