Some American TV programs that are aimed towards children seem to make an attempt to use foreign languages (e.g. Dora the Explorer using Spanish). Do you think that there is any positive impact from this? As for myself, I'm not against the idea in priciple, I just wonder how much it actually will mean over the long term. Are kids really going to learn more than 6-12 words from such programming, and of what benefit will that ultimately be?
At my 5 year old daughter's birthday in June, we were hanging balloons outside the house before her party, and she kept using the spanish word for "up," while expressing her hope/desire for the balloons to float. It was cute, but was it significant? If my daughter would learn spanish in some depth that'd be great, but will learning a handful of words from a cartoon be helpful? Maybe it will be, but I'm not sure how...?