As part of my parents Christmas present, we bought them a Webcam so we could make video calls using Skype, which meant that my parents can see my daughter and my daughter can see them. Although she can´t really have a proper conversation with them yet at least she can also hear them and gain some extra English imput!!My mum sings to her, talks to her and even plays Peekaboo with her online!!It´s a great way for them to see more of each other! Chloe has even managed to switch off my husband´s iPhone a couple of time when trying to reach out and touch Granny!!!!
It´s amazing what the wonders of new technology can do. The Internet is a great resource for finding bilingual resources or for language learners. Apart from video calls to family and friends, you can find many songs and videos on You Tube , games,radio stations, programmes and activities in the languages you speak or are learning.
DTT television, which is now the norm in many countries, is also great because you can change the audio to the original language.This is really useful for bilingual or multilingual families or anyone who is learning a language.There are many American TV and some British programmes on Spanish TV so it´s wonderful to have the choice of watching them in the original version and Chloe is really going to benefit from this. You also have the option to put the subtitles on if you don´t understand something and I often still do this when I watch a film or programme in Spanish, even though I understand the majority of it, I just like to make sure I don´t miss anything!However, we watch a lot of American & British TV programmes in our house more than Spanish TV programmes and often in the original language so again that´s hopefully going to be a big help with Chloe´s minority language (English).