What exactly does a bilingualism consultant do? And how can that help me raise bilingual children? Are consultations language classes? Keep reading...
Just this year, my six year-old daughter cracked her first bilingual joke. By which I mean, she had to draw upon her knowledge of both her languages and find the humour hidden in their similarities and differences. Genius!
It is always surprising to me, but when I first decided to raise my children bilingually, and still to this day, the question I get asked the most is: Why? - Why? - Why not??!!
"I have met so many adults who tell me they regret not being able to speak their parents' language. I am yet to meet one who regrets the opposite."
All bilingual families are different. This is why we always say there is no one-size-fits-all solution to raising bilingual children. There are, however, a number of techniques, tricks and linguistic principles that have stood the test of time and should make up the cornerstones of all our colourful and varied approaches to raising bilingual children. Let’s take a look!
One of the many common challenges bilingual families face is moving. Not just moving house, but very often moving countries, moving cultures, and moving languages. So what can bilingual families do to help their children surf the waves of change and come out the other side more resilient, more confident and even stronger in their bilingualism?