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How Translation of Educational TV Shows can be Advantageous to Children

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How Translation of Educational TV Shows can be Advantageous to Children
on July, 15 2014
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Almost everyone grew up watching educational shows for children. If you are asked to sing your favorite song from these TV shows today, in all probability you will still remember how. This is how effective educational shows are. They totally captivate the attention of children. Sadly, there are children's educational shows that are only available in a certain language. No matter how educational these shows are if the children cannot understand the dialogue, it is useless. Thus, in order for young ones to understand the show, translation of educational TV shows will provide a great advantage. There should be subtitles in their mother language. For children not yet able to read, it would be good if they can watch dubbed versions of the show.

Language Learning While Having Fun

One of the biggest advantages of letting children watch educational shows is that they learn and have fun at the same time. For those who can already read, the subtitles will definitely expand their vocabulary. They will also learn more about the foreign language used in the show since they can listen to the words and understand the meaning in their mother language.

Sometimes, when children are forced to learn something when they are not ready to learn or they are not in the mood to learn, retention will be difficult. However, when they learn without even knowing that they are learning because they are having fun, then the learning process becomes easier and faster.

Retention of Ideas

The good thing about TV shows for children is that they have various strategies to present the lesson. They make learning more exciting. There are songs, quizzes, challenges, interesting graphics and colors and other activities that the young audience can do at home while watching the show. As a result, the content of the lesson being taught is stored longer on their minds. There have been a lot of studies that show the effectiveness of educational shows in making children more interested to learn and retain what they have learned longer. They can even apply what they have learned at home while in school.

Cultural Awareness and Understanding

When children are exposed to foreign TV shows and these shows are translated in their own language, they can easily spot the similarities and differences between their local culture and that of the foreign culture. They will also be able to understand the differences in various countries in terms of weather, clothing, beliefs, food, religion, and many other things. Thus, they might learn to appreciate the uniqueness of their culture more or begin to understand the uniqueness of other cultures as well. They can also distinguish the words being used in other countries as well as how they are pronounced.

Reviewing of Materials

When you want your children to learn using the subtitles in TV shows, you need to check first if the subtitles have been translated correctly. Instead of learning, it might cause confusion later on. You also need to see if the materials used are age-appropriate. As a parent, it is still your responsibility to see to it that the educational shows your children are watching are relatable and will be able to impart the right kind of knowledge and understanding to your children.

Once the right materials are chosen, then children will surely learn more.

Bernadine Racoma

Bernadine is a writer, researcher, professional and multi-awarded blogger and new media consultant. She brings with her a rich set of experience in the corporate world, as well as in the field of research and writing. Having taken early retirement after working as an international civil servant and traveling the world for 22 years, she has aggressively pursued her main interest in writing and research. You can also find Bernadine Racoma at .

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