What is the Language Playground?
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela
Welcome to the Language Playground! We are a company devoted to helping parents teach their children speak a second language, even if they don’t speak one themselves. We offer free tips, recommended products and wonderful tools to immerse your child in a second language. Do you need ideas about how you can immerse your child in a second language using fun, creative and cheap ways? We can help.
When we started The Language Playground, we spent a long time (probably a ridiculously long time) thinking about our logo. We went back and forth between swings, slides, merry-go-rounds, bicycles, you name it! If it had the vaguest connection to a playground, we considered it. But the one idea we kept coming back to was that of a tree and its roots.
We believe that language, beyond providing the means of written and spoken communication, allows us to fully express our thoughts, feelings, viewpoints and culture. It allows us to understand our own roots, and as importantly, it allows us to more completely understand other peoples’ experiences. Furthermore, learning a foreign language allows us to “root ourselves”, to a certain extent, in a new set of sounds, ideas, rituals and culture.
In creating the actual logo, we wanted to highlight our focus on language as humanity’s common “root”. If you look carefully at our logo, you may notice that the words “The Language Playground” are designed to look like the roots of the tree above it.
Obviously, if we were going to talk about roots, those roots needed to be connected to something! We thought the tree was a wonderful metaphor for our vision and what we hope our company can help offer you. The tree is a giver of life, a symbol of continual growth, and a place under which we can gather together.
As important as it is to have a strong, “rooted” foundation, it is equally important to get out there and use it! Hence, we added the swing to our tree. Language not only provides the roots of ones experience, but it also allows you to soar. That is what we want for our kids, a strong base, and the confidence to go out in the world and explore. We hope that The Language Playground helps them do it!
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