Thursday, 12 January 2012

Language Links for Parents Raising Multilingual Children

At the moment the blog post Bilingualism and growing up abroad is the blog post with the most comments on this blog. On twitter I also realised that I regularly retweet tweets about third culture kids learning new languages. I am really glad and thankful that my parents raised me bilingually. We spoke Dutch at home and English at school. For those who do not know, I grew up in Africa. I would like to encourage parents who are considering raising their kids multilingual: please do it and please stick to it. Your offspring will thank you some time in the future. Maybe it is not the easy road to take but it is worth it. I read this quote recently and it just stuck with me. I love it.

"One of the best presents a parent can give is the gift of a language"

I want to share the links of some of the posts I read. I hope you find something juicy, spicy and just what you need.

Top 10 Resolutions to Help Your Children Learn a 2nd Language  

Excellent post from Prof. Genesee about bilingual children:

"One of the best presents a parent can make is the gift of a language"

Talking about bilingualism Including a tip for a good book: A Parents' & Teachers' Guide to Biligualism.

Wow! Patricia Kuhl: The Linguistic Genius of babies Exposing American babies to Mandarin. What happens?

Gestures can ease language learning

Research shows fewer reading errors with Dyslexie, a new font by Dutch graphic designer, and dyslectic, Christian Boer

7 Habits that will help your child become bilingual

12 Common Myths and Misconceptions about Bilingual Children:

Read & listen to a mum teaching her kids Indonesian. She's raising them trilingual

Immigration and Language:

Zie hier vragen & antwoorden over meertalig opvoeden bij   

Tweetalig opvoeden, het moment is aangebroken. Ik hoop dat het lukt!  

Please add any advice, tips, links or words of encouragement in the comment section. I really appreciate that. Questions are welcome too.

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Image thanks to Manuere, Morgue File.

1 comment:

  1. Great list, I can't wait to share with my nephew and his wife. Of interest may be this Telegraph article about how bilingualism/multilingualism actually help your brain function better

    I'm really not trying to promote myself (I promise), but rather the link to Yudhijit Bhattacharjee's research.