South Charlotte

Tots, kids can learn a new language

Across south Charlotte, children as young as a year old are learning Spanish and French with help from Baby Lingual.

Christina Vogel owns the private tutoring business, which offers one-on-one and group lessons for tots and older children.

Vogel's mother lived in Spain and taught Vogel the language when she was very small, she said. She majored in Spanish in college and taught it for eight years in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, private schools and day cares before starting the new business.

They now have three tutors who offers lessons in south Charlotte.

“Young children learn foreign languages the same way they learn English, through play and exploration,” Vogel says. “It's still ‘Here's the star, the star is blue, this shape is a star,' but in the target language instead of English. And all of the science shows that it's easier to learn a foreign language the younger you are.”

Lessons start at $40 for a private, 45-minute lesson. Prices vary for group lessons.

For details: 704-881-4165 or