FAQ: Raising Bilingual Children
Why want bilingual children? There are many reasons, but the two most common are: 1) The parents speak different languages (say, an American woman and a Turkish man). 2) The parents speak the same language, but live in a community where most people speak something else (say, a Korean couple living in the USA). In the first case, both the mother and father may want to be able to use their own language when talking to their children. This is the bilingual home situation. Don't children get confused when they hear two languages spoken around them? The short answer is no. Fifty years ago educators throughout North America used to tell immigrant parents that it was better for their children's schooling if they spoke English at home. Bilingual development sometimes results in slightly slower language development than for some monolingual children. Don't bilingual children ever mix their languages up? So how do we start teaching our children two languages? One problem can be balance. Relax.
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