Information you should know about your multilingual child
Is your child bilingual? Many children are nowadays for various reasons. However, it might be confusing to think about. Should you keep them from speaking a language other than their native language? Should you encourage them? The following ideas will help you make your decision.
Useful ideas about multilingual children
Multilingualism and preconceptions
Your child may learn a second language besides their native language for many reasons; you and their father talking to them in two languages at once, the impact of video games, TV shows…
You may believe, like many mothers, that speaking a foreign language in their first years will keep them from speaking their native language right.
However, rest assured, your child will only mix vocabulary from two languages before the age of 4. But they can distinguish between the two languages after that.
Your child’s language acquisition stages
0 to 1 year: Your child makes sounds and hears their first words, regardless of the language you’re speaking.
At age 2: They can say up to 50 words.
At age 2 and a half: They start to learn about 10 new words a day. They also make their first simple sentences.