By Rita Rosenback
‘Bringing up a Bilingual baby’ is aimed toward (existing or soon-to-be) mom and dad in households the place multiple language is spoken, in addition to a person within the prolonged circle of relatives and pal of such multilingual households, in addition to for an individual entering touch with them. the purpose of the booklet is to aid multilingual households to create a supportive setting for kids within which they clearly develop as much as communicate a couple of language. The goal is to offer you an easy-to-read-and-use consultant to multilingual parenting, delivering motivation, rules, suggestion and solutions to any questions mom and dad could have.
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Had they had a chance to stay a bit longer together, I am sure they would have started to teach each other words of their respective languages. Where there is a will, there is a way. I know it can be a bit of a leap of faith to be confident that your son will learn the language of the community well enough to successfully participate in school life and learn alongside other children, but multiple examples speak for this strategy, especially with children under seven years of age. If your son is a bit older, maybe a teenager, you can take a slightly different approach as his native language is already well established.
Keep in mind that the higher the level of fluency you want for her, the more effort you as a parent have to put in to reach the desired level. The majority of the world’s population is bilingual, but it is rare to be fully fluent in both or all of your languages (see the list of myths about bilinguals in the Confidence section). It is actually an exception for bilinguals to achieve a native level of fluency in all their languages. When deciding how well you want your daughter to be able to speak your language, you must be realistic.
Where there is more than one language in common, the recommendation is to choose the one that the child will get least exposure to as the language the family speaks when together. In families where one of the parents does not speak the minority language and the family speaks the majority language when together, it is vital that the minority language parent takes every opportunity to speak his or her language with the child. The minority language parent should preferably use his or her language in all direct communication with the child.