Tag: Bilingualism

How does caregiver codeswitching (or mixing languages) affect a child’s language development?

How does caregiver codeswitching (or mixing languages) affect a child’s language development?

At first glance, codeswitching can appear to be a difficult way to learn languages. Instead of learning each language neatly, in isolation, children have to make sense of two languages intertwined. This may be just an impression however. Codeswitching can help a child strengthen skills…

Is it ok to mix languages when I speak to a child?

Is it ok to mix languages when I speak to a child?

Caregivers who speak two (or more) languages may use a mix of languages in some conversations. Switching between languages is, pretty straightforwardly, called ‘Codeswitching’. Codeswitching can be used between sentences, where one sentence is in one language, and the next in another language. For example,…

Is there one right way to bring up a bilingual child?

Is there one right way to bring up a bilingual child?

There are many ways to foster bilingualism. There is not one best strategy! To choose the strategy that works best for you and your child, follow the three pillars of harmonious bilingualism. Harmonious bilingualism is based on the importance of well-being for bilingual language acquisition.…

What strategies do bilingual families use to foster language acquisition?

What strategies do bilingual families use to foster language acquisition?

Bilinguals all speak two languages, but how they learned those two languages can vary a lot! The first example of a bilingual child that may come to mind is when one caregiver speaks one language and the other another language. This is called the one-parent-one-language…

Does it take longer to learn two languages than one?

Does it take longer to learn two languages than one?

One impression that often surfaces in educational settings, like preschool or elementary school, is that multilingual children can seem to have smaller vocabularies than their monolingual peers. However, this is mainly because language abilities are evaluated in just one language. For monolingual children, one language…

How common is it to grow up bilingual?

How common is it to grow up bilingual?

Some children will be exposed to just one language when they are young, others may be exposed to two, and others even more. How many languages a child is exposed to will depend on her environment. For instance, in a country like Papua New Guinea…