TV for Bilingual Kids: Netflix Ahead of Other Streaming Services

Raising bilingual kids is a difficult task.  This is especially true when you live in an area with sparse populations that speak the minority language. While parents can engage kids in playdates where they are exposed to the minority language, finding ways to maximize the time kids are exposed to the minority language can definitely be a challenge.

In the last year, the streaming service Netflix has increased the number of TV shows and cartoons that have audio and/or subtitles in different languages.  For Spanish bilingual kids, the options are numerous.  Audio in languages other than Spanish are also available. For example, cartoons in German, French and Japanese can be selected often times for a single show, but options are more limited.

Kudos to Netflix on recognizing the value of providing streaming content for children in different languages.  Providing  children the opportunity to hone their listening and comprehension skills in a second or third language is a fantastic endeavor.

Below a list of 50 kids cartoons with audio in Spanish.  Enjoy and rank your favorite!!

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It’s Good for Your Brain

Aside from connecting you to more people around the world, learning a new language has tangible benefits on the brain.  Being bilingual strengthens the executive area of your brain in the following ways:

  • Improves selective attention, which helps you focus while filtering irrelevant information
  • Improves problem solving skills, aiding in performing mentally complex and demanding tasks
  • Staves off early onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

Hello and Welcome!

Multilingual Minds is a site dedicated to sharing ideas, inspiration and resources to cultivate children’s curiosity about other cultures through foreign language education.  The site is dedicated to parents, or anyone who is committed to teaching or learning new languages.  The focus will be finding the best ways to teach kids a new language from early ages.

I’m hoping that parents and/or educators find value in the information shared here and with time a community is formed where people come together to help each other enrich their family lives by rediscovering or maintaining their ancestry’s cultures or by opening their eyes to new cultures through second or third language acquisition.