How to Raise a Bilingual Child

The following article recap can be found on www.nytimes.com/pages/health/nutrition/

According to an online article, www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/well/family/raising-a-truly-bilingual-child.html, bilingual children are rare, especially in the United States and the United Kingdom. The monolinguist nature of these two English speaking nations have taken their toll on the children who are being raised bilingual only to end up in their adult life speaking strictly English.

Sociologists and psychologists are campaigning for the local population to raise bilingual children, as the ability to speak more than one language opens up so many opportunities in today’s world. They are advising parents who are non-English natives to teach their languages to their children by speaking today in their local tongues, reading them books which are translated in their language, or sing native songs from their home countries. According to the specialists, this way, the children will be more exposed to the language and they will learn it faster. Based on studies, it is not enough that the parents would only speak to their children using their native tongue. Exposing them to the language is the key, and by giving them the time to learn, the child could become bilingual.

As the child grows, it is also important for parents to track the child’s progress with speaking their language. Because English is widely used in the United States and the United Kingdom, it is recommended that the parents should always take a time to have their children embrace their second language. There are ways on how this can be achieved, like letting their children watch shows that teaches another language, or songs that are bilingual in nature. They also have to let their child visit another country to let them be exposed to more local speakers. This way, children would take up the language as they grow, and there is a small chance of them forgetting it.

August 11, 2017

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