Combining English and Japanese words in the same sentence negatively affects English comprehension!

2018.09.28

For their future, parents want their children to study English from as early as possible. Some parents even try using English vocabulary in their daily Japanese conversations. However, combining English and Japanese vocabulary in the same sentence actually negatively affects children’s English language skills. In this article, we will explain why this is not a good idea and also introduce some useful tips for parents to use to help gain their child’s interest in learning the language.

「英語と日本語を混ぜる会話」が子どもの英語能力を下げてしまう!?

Mixing English and Japanese in the same conversation is NG?

Young children have good listening skills and flexible brains so the earlier parents introduce them to new language the more likely they will become fluent in the language when they get older. When learning a new language, it is important that children remember as much vocabulary as they can. However, it is not a good idea to mix English and Japanese phrases and vocabulary in the same sentence. This is because young children’s language development is still at an early stage and they are unable to distinguish between the English and Japanese language. As a result, when they hear the two languages in the same sentence they will not know which word is from which language.

It is important that children are able to use their native language (Japanese) correctly

In order to be able to use the English language effectively, it is important that children obtain a large vocabulary and understanding of the grammatical structure. If they have a extensive English vocabulary, when they hear a word it will be easier for them to determine the correct translation in their native language (Japanese). The larger their vocabulary the easier it will be for them to communicate in the language. It is very important that students are able to use their native language effectively if they want to be successful in our global society. If they can use their native language effectively they are more likely to have better English language skills as well.

Let’s separate [English Mode] and [Japanese Mode]!

The best way to improve your child’s English ability is to completely separate [English Mode] and [Japanese Mode]. If you want them to learn English at home, then it is a good idea for one parent to speak English and the other parent to speak Japanese. This will help them differentiate between English and Japanese and learn when to use each language. Parents should also send their child to classes taught by native English speakers. It is a good idea to encourage your child to use English during the classes and Japanese at home so that they can improve their English and Japanese at the same time.

Many parents want their child to grasp the English language but are unaware that mixing English and Japanese words in the same sentence will actually hurt them. For children to become proficient in English, it is important that they are exposed to native speakers using the language on a regular basis. Separating English use and Japanese use will help your child improve their ability in both languages. Attending English classes will give your child the opportunity to use English in addition to his/her daily Japanese. This will help him/her differentiate between the two languages and when to use them.

「英語モード」と「日本語モード」を分けよう!
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