One of my friends asked me, “How well do kids tend to retain non-English languages (for those going to English-speaking schools)? I was raised in a Chinese/English bilingual household, and Chinese was my first language, but after starting to read I basically became monolingual. I’m curious if quickly developing a dominant language is common, or… Continue reading Children: How to help Kids Maintain their Heritage Language
Growing up in a diverse community with many bilingual and trilingual friends, it never occurred to me that people might see bilingualism as a threat to children’s language development. In fact, in many parts of the world, people grow up fluent in two or more languages (though usually these are oral and not literary). As I was… Continue reading Does hearing two languages interfere with a child’s language development?