I get asked, a lot, to name some "negative" aspects of bilingualism. This happens in casual conversation, in seminars, in training sessions and in almost every situation where I am talking about the positive aspects of bilingualism. My standard answer is that there are no negative consequences when bilingualism is successful. That is not … Continue reading Beware of Bilingualism…
The limits of my language mean the limits of my world. – Ludwig Wittgenstein One of the main reasons I started doing seminars for parents was the lack of information among many monolinguals in our community about the benefits of bilingualism. In the expat world, we meet many, many bilingual families, but there are also … Continue reading #IMLD: Top 5 Reasons to Choose Bilingualism for your Child
Join us in celebrating all our languages with a month of events/posts/ promotions leading up to "International Mother Language Day" on February 21, 2015 (Fathers, your language is included too!). Onraisingbilingualchildren will have special posts on February 12 and 19 on supporting Mother Tongue at home and at school. Please share links using the #IMLD … Continue reading International Mother Language Day 2015 – #IMLD campaign
Our parents are very demanding and want to have a teacher who speaks Oxford English without any accent or so. Reblogging this great post that reflects on the tricky issue of accents - whose is better, whose is worse, and why? And then again, why should it really matter??? Diary of an Imperfect Mum: In 2014 … Continue reading Diary of an Imperfect Mum: In 2014 do accents still really matter?
People (unfortunately, sometimes including specialists) often like to lay the blame for language delays or special educational issues on the doorstep of bilingualism. A child having more than one language is seen, too often, as a "problem" and therefore language is seen as the cause of other "problems". And of course, if bilingualism is the … Continue reading Bilingualism is not the problem if…
This is a great article that explains, from the research, why no one method is a guarantee of bilingual success. When I do parent seminars we talk about this a lot. Being an OPOL family doesn't automatically mean your kids will be bilingual. Having a minority language at home does not automatically mean your kids … Continue reading The Languages you Speak to Your Bilingual Child | Psychology Today
This is a fantastic article about the two-sided nature of the bilingualism debate. "Desirable bilingualism" involves children who speak the host-country language and another, high-status language. These bilinguals are considered "lucky" to have two languages. On the other side, immigrants and refugee children who speak a lower-status language and are learning the host-country language are … Continue reading Why is bilingual education ‘good’ for rich kids but ‘bad’ for poor, immigrant students? – The Washington Post
So it happened, the moment every married person dreads... I forgot my anniversary! Thankfully, it was only my blog anniversary, so I only need be angry with myself. But to mark the milestone, even a few days late, here are some interesting facts: 1. What I blog about: Bilingualism/multilingualism 2. What my "specialization" is: child … Continue reading Three years of blogging about bilingualism!
DRONGO is for anyone who lives in, and wants to explore the modern multilingual world. Is my language a problem or a solution? Where can I find booklets, expertise, training, tests, schools, interpreters? At DRONGO you will find questions and answers, speakers and storytellers, and a lot of contact opportunities. For children and parents, students … Continue reading A final DRONGO call – Multilingualism in Amsterdam, this weekend!
A quick note to announce that the first edition of the new two-part parenting series will be held in The Hague on September 22 and October 2, 2014. The first event is the popular "Raising Bilingual Children: Six building blocks for success" seminar, which is an evening packed with theoretical and practical knowledge on raising … Continue reading New Workshop: Family Language Planning