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May 292016
 
Q&A: Questions about teaching a toddler two non-native languages

…ng this from happening your son, I think he has his best safeguard in you who will be keenly following his language development and he will most definitely become a fluent Japanese-speaker. Question 2 You have advised other “nonnative speaker parents” that even if their children pick up parents’ grammatical errors or accent, they would get over them given quality inputs from native speakers. Are you aware of any bilingual adults (not children…

Jun 082016
 
Raising a bilingual child in Spanish and English, a non-native language [guest post]

…ng her daughter to become bilingual in Spanish and English, which is not Diane’s native langauge. She has written a book about her experience, giving advice to other parents who want to follow her example and pass on a nonnative language to their children. Her book is in Spanish and it is called Baby English: Cómo conseguir que tu hijo sea bilingüe (soon also available in a Kindle version) You can get in touch with Diana, find out more…

Sep 192014
 
12 cose da sapere per genitori che vogliono crescere i figli bilingui

…a parlare la lingua. 6 – Incontrerete degli scettici Non tutti saranno d’accordo con voi che sia una buona idea crescere i figli in modo che parlino tutte le lingue della famiglia. Ci saranno quelli che vi diranno che non c’è ragione, che non funzionerà. Altri penseranno che pretendete troppo dai vostri figli, e qualcuno dirà che li state solo confondendo con tutte queste lingue. Ignorateli, ma anche perdonateli perché non sanno di cosa…

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Aug 122015
 
Passing on a non-native language to your child, part 1: Considerations

…a good idea,” closely followed by “but you need to carefully consider certain aspects before embarking on this task, which may turn out to be much more demanding than you initially think.” What is your motivation for using a nonnative language with your child? Being bilingual has many advantages, but these need to be weighed up against possible drawbacks of not using a native language – one which you feel comfortable in using in any…

Feb 262015
 
Q&A: Passing on a non-native language to a child

…ass on a language to your child. By your description, I take that you are fairly fluent and comfortable in speaking Spanish, so the answer would be Yes, you can choose to speak Spanish with your future child, even if it is a nonnative language to you. He or she would learn English from the mother (and the environment) and pick up French later were he/she to attend a French immersion school. Here are some things you should take into…

Apr 172016
 
Q&A: Speaking a non-native language with your child - how to plan it and what to speak when family is around?

…mily language strategy as described in my above post. Children can cope with a parent speaking two different languages – as long as the languages are kept separate in some way. The issue is more the amount of exposure to the nonnative language and the child’s willingness to speak it. The fact is that the child will prefer the language which is easier, and if a parent switches frequently between the easier majority language and the (for the…

May 142015
 
Q&A: How to teach a non-native language (English) to a toddler

…be confused by you speaking English to her? 1. You can give your daughter a good head start in becoming an English-speaker by doing all the activities that you describe in your letter. As she will not be interacting with any native English speakers, she will most likely pick up at least some of your accent and her English will not sound nativelike. If you want her to become fluent and have less of an accent, it would be good to introduce some…

May 012016
 
Q&A: Should a parent switch to a non-native language to support a bilingual child's  minority language?

…t by speaking Mandarin at mealtimes, play time and other situations where you know the related vocabulary and then slowly increase the Mandarin time at home as and when your own skills improve. It is not that you being a nonnative speaker of Mandarin would do your son’s language skills any harm if you were to make mistakes when you speak it with him – he will be getting enough exposure from native Mandarin-speakers and will learn the correct…

Nov 132016
 
Q&A: The majority language parent also speaking a non-native minority language  – recommendations?

…speaks two languages with them, so please do not worry about this. Even if she were to pick up something that is not nativelike, she will soon correct herself when she hears the right version from her dad. Since French is a nonnative language for you and you are still learning it, I would not recommend that you switch to speaking French with your daughter all the time. It is important that you have a language of communication with your…

Sep 162015
 
Passing on a non-native language to your child, part 3: Activities

The third part in my series on teaching your child a nonnative language is all about different language-learning activities that you can do with your kid. So far in the series I have written about the things you need to take into consideration before embarking on such a journey and which family language strategy you should use. Enough with the theory, today we come to what you can do to help your little one learn the chosen language! Many of…