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.
- At age 4: Their language skills develop and they become completely able to speak.
- At age 7: Your child’s brain is mature enough to acquire more than one language voluntarily.
- Always keep in mind that the earlier your child learns a second language, the more skilfully they’ll be able to use it.
- Don’t forget that the two languages will not be competing in their brain, neither of them will be affecting the other, but will rather enhance it.
Benefits of multilingualism
- -You should be happy if your child is bilingual, this will help develop their imagination and creative and expressive abilities.
- – Rest assured that children speaking two different languages have more communication skills than monolingual ones.
- – Keep in mind that according to psychologists, your bilingual child is talented in problem solving in their social relationships.