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Bilingual Life: July/Bob The Train

Learning Together with her favorite character!

Thank you for dropping by for this month’s edition of Bilingual Life. 

I am happy to say that my wife and I are keeping our promise and continuing to speak only English when our daughter is around. It has been mostly successful but with a few slips here and there. We will continue to do our best in this regard. 


Today’s blog entry will be short as I don’t have much news to report this month. It will take a long time before we see the result of our efforts to only speak English (between husband and wife) at home. Today I would just like to share something on Youtube that my daughter likes very much. If you are encouraging your small child to learn English you might also find it interesting or helpful. I recommend watching and learning together. It is much better for your child’s development and it is fun.


My wife and I are very careful not to let our daughter watch too much TV. Her TV viewing is very limited. She watches NHK in the morning and a few minutes of TV in the evening after she gets out of the bath in the evenings. Recently she really likes a Youtube character called “Bob The Train.” Bob The Train is a cartoon character that sings and dances. The colors are very bright and vivid. Bob the Train sings and dances to some traditional children’s songs, nursery rhymes, and some new original ones, too. The songs are great and catchy. My daughter watches contently, and sings along when the mood strikes her. Bob The Train is all in English. He teaches us about shapes, colors, animals and manners etc. It is safe and appropriate for young learners and preschoolers. We often watch it together and I ask her questions about what she is watching, for example, “What color is ….?, What shape is….? What is …. doing? etc.”. If you don’t already know about Bob The Train you might find it a useful tool to encourage your child’s English education.


This was not intended to be a commercial for Bob the Train, I just wanted to share some information about a tool we use at my house to encourage English use and talking points with my daughter. Thank you for dropping by and looking forward to seeing you next month!


Bob The Train can be found on Kids TV or searching Youtube for “Bob The Train.” 

 

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