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031: Why Your Bilingual Child Does Not Respond Back In Minority Language

Today's question is the most popular in my blogging experience. It is been asked by so many parents of different languages, family circumstances and kids' ages. But the core of the question remains the same: Why my bilingual child does not respond back in minority language. It certainly could be frustrating: you were always speaking the target language with your child and maybe he/she even spoke … [Read more...]

Benefits of Bilingualism | Language Recognition Skills

It stands to reason that bilingualism strengthens the language centers in the brain. That shouldn't be a surprise! But there are some interesting -- and useful -- side effects. These develop passively as a result of being exposed to multiple languages. They are not instructed skills, but rather emerge as a natural result of brain development. One unique trait of bilinguals is the ability to recognize … [Read more...]

Benefits of Bilingualism for Children | Better Memory of Kids

The obvious advantages of bilingualism are related to language: the ability to travel more easily, to speak with relatives and friends from other countries, and so on. That's not all a child gets from being brought up bilingual, however. Modern science has shown that the act of learning two languages, especially in developing children, alters and strengthens other areas of the brain. That can lead to … [Read more...]

001: What Can Monolingual Family Members Do to Take Part in a Child’s Bilingualism

Listen to the audio in support of this article. I invited a very experienced monolingual parent to give us an advice! In our family I am the bilingual parent, who on the daily basis teaches kids Russian and Ukrainian, our minority languages. My husband does not speak these languages (well, he knows couple hundred words, especially useful around kids like brush teeth, time to eat and go potty:). But I … [Read more...]

Setting the Goals for Your Child’s Bilingualism

Let me ask you a question. Do you know where are you going? Yes, you did a good job on deciding that your child is going to be raised bilingual. But, what is you bilingual destination? Of course, bilingualism is more like a journey, but you still need to set up couple destinations so if you reach them - you will be happy with your journey. Basically,  you have to know the level of skill you are trying … [Read more...]

Nine Bilingual Myths That Are Crippling Your Kids

I'm not going to lie. Raising a bilingual child is HARD. But don't let that scare you - the best things in life, the things we most appreciate rarely come easy. And Bilingualism is something that will give your child a HUGE advantage in life. Parents have every right to feel a little apprehensive about the project. Fortunately, some of the most common concerns about bilingual education are … [Read more...]