Bilingualism

What Are the Easiest and Hardest Languages to Learn?

There are thousands of languages and dialects used in the world. Some are easier for English speakers to pick up than others. Which languages are the easiest and hardest for English speakers to learn? We answered that question for you below. Easiest: Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Romanian are the easiest languages to learn as an English native …

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Will Learning a New Language Cause a Speech Delay for My Child?

Every child learns at a different pace. For some, learning a new language is a breeze. But for many others, it can be challenging. Will learning a new language cause a speech delay for your child? Possibly, but they will catch up. What would this “delay” may look like? When a child learns two languages …

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What Are the Best French Learning Websites for Kids?

French is a great second language for English speaking children. It’s Latin based, so it’s relatively easy for kids to pick up! There are a lot of websites that promise to teach French easily, but which are the best? We’ve created a list of the best French learning websites for kids below. DinoLingo: DinoLingo uses …

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What Are the Best Methods to Learn a Second Language?

Most high schools and colleges require students to take foreign language classes. But, only 20 percent of United States citizens can converse in two or more languages, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Obviously, these statistics show the classes are not working. So how does someone learn a second language? We listed some fun and …

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Why Should Children Learn a Second Language At an Early Age?

Many high schools and colleges in the United States require students to learn a second language. But typically when they graduate, they can hardly remember anything from their classes. So, how do you guarantee your child will become bilingual? Teach them early. There are proven reasons why young kids are better equipped to learn a …

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The Social Advantages of Exposure to Other Languages

Recent studies show that “multilingual exposure improves not only children’s cognitive skills but also their social abilities” (“The Superior Social Skills of Bilinguals”, The New York Times, March 11, 2016). Whilst I’m wary of sound bites that may mistakenly encourage us to think that people are ‘superior’ simply by virtue of speaking more than one …

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Benefits of Bilingualism

Have you ever wondered what benefits your child could receive by learning a second language while they are still young? There are some surprising and wonderful benefits of bilingualism. We have gathered 15 of them for you to consider. A child’s brain is better equipped to learn a new language. They have a higher number …

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What to do when bilingual kids mix languages

What to do when bilingual kids mix languages (code-switching, a.k.a. code-mixing)• Don’t worry if your child mixes languages—language mixing is a common (and typically short-lived) phase of bilingual development.• Trust your child is not confused—she may not know (or be able to explain) that she’s using two languages, but there’s plenty of evidence to suggest …

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Do Baby Signs Programs (Sign Language) Make Smarter Babies?

To investigate the question of whether baby signs programs help children acquire language earlier or advance their cognitive development, in 2003 researchers J. C. Johnston and colleagues examined seventeen recent studies of baby signing. Johnston found that the studies did not support the big claims made by the infancy industry, that baby signs help make …

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What to do when children reject to speak in the 2nd language

What to do when children reject to speak in the 2nd language (e.g. Spanish) Cases that worked (from Bilingual Edge p. 244-245) “• Anna (mother of Javier, age five): “We’ve had the most success using reverse psychology. Javier is super strong-willed and it’s actually helped at times to say to him something like ‘Spanish is …

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