Let's Bust Some Myths About Raising Bilingual Children



Minority language books can play a key role in language learning. All of my son's grandparents, aunts and uncles speak Hungarian with him too, as do many of our friends. I would also recommend that the parents discuss with her teacher how to best support her as a bilingual child. Adult bilinguals mix their languages all the time; it's a sign of language ability,” she said.

You are echoing so many other adult bilinguals' thoughts when you say that you are grateful to your parents for sticking with it. It is an important message for all parents currently raising their children to become bilingual. I live in my native US, was born to English speaking parents, and am married to a wife from the same situation.

This is what it sounds like: you split up the languages by time. Imagine a little girl, Isabella, who has been exposed mostly to Spanish since birth from her parents and grandparents at home, and Spanish is her dominant language. Parents will get to meet other parents, share their experiences and learn of the proper ways of parenting.

Their son had started school and was mixing languages and speaking less and less Finnish. We spoke English when we were in public, but at home the number-one rule, and the one we couldn't break, was to speak in Spanish. They find themselves constantly on the look out for other families who speak their target language, in order to find playmates for their children.

Your attitude towards the minority language will play a huge role in setting the tone for how the whole family views the other language, so encourage the rest of your family! Nowadays research is clear on that bilingualism does not delay the overall language development of a child, nor does it confuse a child and nor should you drop a language in the belief that this would make a language impairment disappear.

For homeschooling families whose learning is done mostly in English, this approach would likely provide the maximum exposure to the target language. There are many opportunities for language exposure in addition to speaking to the child in the home. Organise playtime with other children who speak the same minority language.

Like adult bilinguals, bilingual children often use words from one language when speaking the other. Bilingual children may learn things in a different order, which again might come across as language delay when compared to monolingual children. The benefits of learning two languages as a child are widely reported.

Let me just make it very clear that I definitely do not think you or any other parent whose children may not learn to speak the family language(s) is a poor parent, of course not. I hear my grandparents calling down a longer avenue of memory, and I register the differences there, too, for the Australian accent has changed so much even in my lifetime that I do not believe anybody now speaks the way they did.

Research about bilingual language development in children and the acquisition of more than one language has helped us to understand how multiple languages are learned. To the contrary: They benefitted from the program by having higher levels of French and their performance levels of listening comprehension and speaking in their second language was even comparable to children who had no learning disability.

Bilingual Parenting Myth #9: Bilingualism Causes Speech Delay. Now that they are finishing up University, they have gone back to speaking Russian to their father, French between themselves and English in London. Consistency along with enough interactive exposure are vital, and yes, there can be up to four languages at the same time.

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