Research confirms that bilingual children learn faster and that learning additional languages also supports other types of learning.
The cognitive benefits of bilingualism cover the entire lifespan and even include protection against some forms of dementia. It makes sense for schools to support the development of such a useful competency, and bilingual books can be very helpful in that effort.
But finding enough quality bilingual books at appropriate levels in all desired languages presents a challenge. Previously there have been very limited material and products that help and assist children. Neo Books and Neo-N-Tech have over the years been contributing to this effort. Neobooks has a line of Bilingual materials that have recently introduced the African languages to their compilation. Included in this compilation are, Audible Flash cards, Toys, Talking dolls and Interactive Sound & Audio books and Apps that assist with the pronunciation and tonation of the words, followed by large print and representative illustrations.
Pictured here are two of the most used languages books that have gained worldwide attention in the diaspora for the Nigerian families.
1000+ Must Know words in Yoruba and 1000+ Must Know words in Igbo
The Ghanian Languages have also been very useful to many people visiting the Gold coast in recent years. The 1000+ Must know words in Twi, Ga, Ewe, Hausa, Dagbani all help with gentle introductions to the languages.
Stacy Jackson states what really helps is the audible component with these books. I can go online to follow the teachings on their YouTube Educational page, download the Apps or simply Press and learn along using their books and flashcards. I have to say it is like a Rosetta stone mixed with Duolingo
Many visiting the African continent are quick to pick up this handy valuable language resource. Some others on the continent have stated they had no idea some of these words had meanings in their languages. The east African and South African languages also include many lesser known languages.
The materials are currently used in schools, available in libraries and also available for sale on different platforms.
Towun states when I was growing up in my Country Benin, I never saw material that showed my Language Fongbe with this much details, now I am married to a half Gambian and Senegalese man and I am using their materials to teach my little ones Fongbe, French and Wolof. I just might get adventurous and try out the Oromo products.
The Multiple Indigene authors and publishers took the task upon themselves to bring to light what should have always been available to all. There is an estimate of close to 2000 Languages in Africa. The NeoBook 1000+ Must Know Language series currently has 300 languages in print.