From the perspective of an administrator of various web pages on bilingualism and from the perspective of a mother who has been educating her children for more than 14 years bilingual, I can say that learning two or more languages or cultures is a process that requires “time and perseverance” . Children learn fast but they also forget fast!
The most important thing to educate bilingual children successfully is to provide sufficient stimuli for children to be able to learn from them for years. We as parents can be the authors of these stimuli; for example, when we speak to our children directly in a second language. Or we can rely on third parties that provide these incentives, such as when we send our children to a bilingual boarding school. However, it is important to emphasize that it is our children, with their level of motivation and cognitive abilities who really define how far they want and can go in the development of different languages.
In bilingual education there is not a single recipe, path or strategy, however the common denominator is “time and perseverance”. Educating bilingually means being willing for years to provide impulses for our children to learn our language and our culture and this in a consistent way. I have had very good experience with the rule one person one language (1: 1) and I can recommend this rule enormously.
Languages are means of communication and as in all good communication, you must listen carefully and be clear in the message you want to send. Communicating means exchanging information, ideas, opinions. The greater the range of topics that are addressed, the more extensive will be the vocabulary that children will learn and the higher the level of language development.
Bilingual education is a special gift for our children, which brings many advantages and not only when it comes to finding jobs with international profiles. Who grows up in a bilingual way is tolerant to the world and to diversity, has a window or an open door to other cultures and is a bridge builder and link between different human groups.
I want to recommend to you the article “Neuroanatomical Evidence in Support of the Bilingual Advantage Theory” written by O. A. Olulade N. I. Jamal, D. S. Koo, C. A. Perfetti, C. LaSasso, and G. F. Eden and published the … Continue reading
The right of the deaf child to grow up bilingually is the title of an article by François Grosjean. This article calls for the need of the deaf child to grow up bilingually, firstly using the sign language, on the … Continue reading
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“Growing up bilingually: Pro & Contra” is an article by Dr. Ekaterina Kudrjavceva, which can be found in Russian under www.bilingual-online.net. and a German version can be seen here (bilingual_aufwachsen).
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Dino Lingo is a language learning program for children between the ages of 2 and 7 years. Dino Lingo is designed to learn the first 200 words. It is an open-ended and fully customizable educational tool that makes it very easy … Continue reading
Anyone who has knowledge of a second language has an advantage in many aspects of life. Everything from cultural exploration to employment status can benefit from knowing more than a single language. For the nanny, it could be a way … Continue reading
The new technologies create new opportunities and instruments, which can enhance the learning of languages for bilingual children. “Apps” are a new tool. Apps comes from the word “Applications” and can be defined as “small programs” that can be installed … Continue reading
A wonderful new digital tool to learn languages from the USA has come to our attention, called “Little Pim”. Little Pim is the name of a series of videos and products and its “star” and teacher, Little Pim the … Continue reading
Learning Spanish or another foreign language is often regarded as beneficial to the human brain. Language acquisition is an important skill babies need to master even before entering any formal learning. And many experts in neurolinguists can agree that learning … Continue reading
My husband and I have recently published a series of bilingual books for children entitled The Adventures of Enzo. These short stories are written to introduce children to new languages and instill in them the simple values of life. The … Continue reading