Introducing Kids to a Second Language

El Gato EnsombreradoLearning to speak is a natural part of child development. The brain chemistry of small children is designed to acquire language skills. They easily  learn by listening to the people around them every day.

In many homes children hear two languages, but even if your home is not bi-lingual you can introduce your kids to a second language when they are very young. Since kids’ brains have the advantage, wired as they are to absorb new information, the rule of thumb is start young and practice often!  The younger a child starts, the easier it is to become fluent in a language!


We can help you introduce a new language to your child:

  • Try Mango Languages, a language learning computer module – all you need is a computer or mobile device and your Indianapolis Public Library Library card. There are over 70 languages to choose from!
  • Check out e-books, e-audiobooks and streaming videos. Try one from the list below! To check one out, click on a book or video in the list & enter your Library Card number to borrow.
  • Check out print books at any of our locations! A fun way to take a first look at a new language is by looking at a familiar story in new language.
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Leer por Internet Ahora Mismo: Historias en Español
  • International Children’s Literature Database: Los Libros en Español
  • Uniteforliteracy: Choose stories in more than 40 languages
  • Free App for kids Duolingo – Over 30 languages to choose from – all completely free!


Use your indyPL Library Card number to check out e-books, e-audiobooks and streaming videos. Click on a book jacket & enter your Library Card number to borrow.
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Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations. Click on a book jacket below to request the book. You will be notified when it is available for you to pick up. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

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