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TWO LANGUAGES ARE BETTER THEN ONE!

TWO LANGUAGES ARE BETTER THEN ONE!

Today they are about 200 countries in the world with 116 official languages, but over 6000 languages are spoken all over the world. Do you know that the majority of the people use two or more languages daily?

As more and more people learn foreign languages, move abroad, marry partners of another nationality, increasing number of children are growing up bilingual.They usually learn one language at home and the other when they are outside, interacting with other children or at school.

This can have clear benefits. Bilingual children are said to develop good math and music skills and are more tolerant and patient communicators being able to think more fluently.

Even though the benefits are largely recognized, some parents are worried that their children mix the two languages, but I can tell you that children are not necessarily confused, they just mix the vocabulary and syntax as they understand and separate the two languages. In actual fact this creative manipulation and experimentation is what makes them particularly sensitive users of each language. The only risk of raising children bilingual is that they become semi-lingual, which means that they will never learn to speak any language perfectly, but this only happens when a child doesn't hear or read enough of one language or if he/she doesn't have adequate speaking practice or formal education in one main language. At this point it is clear that the big challenge is to preserve the mother tongue even after another language becomes dominant in the child's life. Parents must continue to speak the minor language or mother tongue language to their children as they mature emotionally, physically and intellectually.

Once children enter the pre-school they tend to stop speaking their mother tongue because they try to concentrate on the main language (the one taught in school). At this stage parents should insist on using their mother tongue at least at home.

Here are some useful tips:


  • Start early
From birth to age 6/7 is a vital time because at this age young brains are more primed for language acquisition.

  • Get informed

By informing yourself on the subject of children and bilingualism, you will be able to promote the development of your child's language proficiency. Turn to online resources, helpful books and even blogs.

  • Adopt a strategy

Will you choose your mother tongue language at home? One common strategy is "one person, one language" approach, which means that each parent should speak his/her mother tongue to the child. Whatever strategy you choose, the important thing is making sure the child has a natural need to use the language and receives sufficient input in that language.

  • Decide on schooling

The language strategy you choose to adopt may also depend on the schooling decision you pursue. Will your child attend a local school or a bilingual/international school?

  • Make it fun

Raising a bilingual child is a lot of hard work so it's important to make the experience enjoyable too.

  • Talk, talk, talk

Research has shown a correlation between the volume of speech spoken by parents to their children in the earliest years and the child's language ability at a later age.

  • Read aloud every day

Reading aloud every day is an important practice. It may seem too simple but reading aloud regularly has an important impact on the children language acquisition.

  • Plays games together

Games like board games, card games, word games and story telling games, are important sources to practices the language.

  • Reach out to grandparents

Many families with bilingual children live far away from grandparents but try to make use of technology to keep in touch with them and write emails as often as you can.

  • Travel when you can

Trips to places where your mother tongue is spoken can be one of the most powerful ways of promoting language development and cultural understanding. Travel to your hometown as often as you can.

  • Preserve, no matter what and ignore naysayers

We know that raising a bilingual child is a long tough journey but the only way to realize your greater aim is to keep going, step by step, day after day. Ignore the naysayers. Don't let comments deter you, take people's suggestions with a grain of salt. There is no "one size fits them all" when it comes to families that raise bilingual children. In my case, I'm happy to hear about other's successful experiences when it comes to bilingualism, because I may want to adopt one of their strategies, but I can only decide what's appropriate for my particular situation.

  • Recognize the greater good

Children with ability in more than one language bring benefit not only to their own lives but to the world as well. Don't forget that bilingual minds tend to lean towards greater tolerance and may play an important role in building a more tolerant world.

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