Bilingual babies are not babies I have a ton of experience with. I know sign language, so I did teach...
Bilingual babies are not babies I have a ton of experience with. I know sign language, so I did teach Cedar signs, pretty much from birth. Spoken languages though, that's another story. From what I've read by experts, and from bilingual friends I have, I've learned that the general consensus is that bringing your baby up bilingual is NOT confusing for babies. Babies actually have a natural capacity for language, no matter which languages they are, and that includes more than one language at a time. In fact, research shows that waiting to teach your baby a second language is worse than teaching both at the same time. Babies have a much better aptitude for learning new languages than do older children or adults. By teaching her both languages from the get-go, you're giving her a shot at being fluent early on in two languages. How to pull it off: Babies can't learn to speak if you don't immerse them in language. In most cases, you speak to your baby, read to her, let her see language on television, and expose her to music that's in your language. Babies pick this stuff up naturally just from being with you. If you're going to teach two languages, you need to do all the same things, but twice over. For example, if you live in a household that speaks both Spanish and English, you'll want to speak, read, and listen to both languages equally, and in a big way. Babies can't pick up a language if you only casually use it with them. Are you raising a bilingual baby?

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Anonymous May 09, 2013
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