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Learning a Second Language: The Mother-Tongue Approach

Did you know that learning a second language is very similar to learning how to play an instrument? Both use a method called the mother-tongue approach.  While learning a second language, you first train the brain to understand the language by listening to it. Then you move on to learning vocabulary, and then to grammar. Ultimately, you are able to speak, read and write in a second language.  The same goes for learning how to play an instrument, like the violin. First you expose yourself to the instrument and learn by ear to become familiar with the sounds. Then you learn how to read the music and notes, then finally how to play the instrument. Our Junior Elementary class will be starting to learn the violin next week! If you would like to learn more about how learning a second language is similar to learning an instrument, check out this great article from Suzuki Violin.