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A12 - Sounds

5–10 minutes

Age recommendation

Key words
word recognition, speaking, listening, (online)

Languages of the original source
German. But this activity can be used in any language.

Materials needed
any audio player with the sounds of different things: clock, car, trumpet, bird, etc. Alternately download audio files.
Both parents are needed, representing two family languages.
Example database 1) THEATERVERLAG.EU
Categories with sounds you will find include: nature (Natur), traffic (Verkehr), domestic (Häusliches), other (Sonstiges) and atmosphere (Atmosphären).
Example database 2) Free Sound, HTTP://WWW.FREESOUND.ORG
Example database 3) Free Sound Effects Archive, HTTP://WWW.GRSITES.COM/ARCHIVE/SOUNDS/
On this English website you´ll also find sounds in different categories, ready to play.

Aim of the activity

To help children name things in one language and connect the sounds with
the words.

Preparation for the activity

A quiet room.


Parents play a sound, each parent asks the children about the sound in their
language. The children name the sound in the language of the question. All
the sounds can be used twice but in a random order.

Significant benefit of the activity

This activity helps children to acquire vocabulary and to identify language to one
parent. This activity is particularly suitable for families that have a fixed language
system in the home making it easier for everyone. Bear in mind that there are
many ways to raise a child with multiple languages. Whatever way is chosen, the
more consistent and transparent the approach is, the easier it is for the child. In
the long run, what feels most natural to a family will work best.
Tip | This activity is based on one of the models for multilingual families to
raise children. One parent – one language (OPOL). For further information
see Multilingual Families Introduction for parents, with information on why
to raise your children multilingually. See also Multilingual Families Self access
guide. See also all activities online, where this and other activities are printable
and you´ll find comments of parents on the material. Find all projects results
on our Website.

Source of the activity

Multilingual Families Project
This activity was inspired by: Theaterverlag.eu,