You’ve decided on raising bilingual kids. But, which language are you going to add on? It’s not a simple decision. You can’t exactly line up a list of languages, then point and pick. Maybe there’s a popular language in your community. Maybe your grandparents want your child to explore their native language.
You’ve made the decision to start your child on the path to becoming bilingual. That is – you’ve spent hours and hours online, talking to other parents and reading about which language to pick. Even though you might not speak it yourself, you’ve decided that you want your child to learn Chinese, Arabic, French, Spanish or another language.
We all started this journey to help our children become bilingual citizens of the world. But, in reality, do we truly know what being bilingual means?
I read an Huffington Post article that labeled the different shapes and depths of bilingual people. Yes, there are more than a few types of people who are bilingual.
How do you figure out if your language investment is paying off? This might be a tough pill to swallow, but the answer here is to have patience. Believe me, we all want our children to go to their language lessons, learn what they learn there, and come home speaking as if they were born speaking two languages.