language acquisition

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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How Much Time Should My Child Spend Learning a New Language Online?

Learning a new language takes time. Even for adults, it can be difficult to retain new information about a language. So, how long should children spend learning a new language online? We have some important information for you to consider before deciding what works for your child and family. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends …

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Is It Okay for My Child to Learn Two or More Languages at the Same Time?

Can your child learn two or more languages at the same time? The answer is yes. It’s easier for kids to become bilingual when they learn languages at the same time, rather than learning later in life. However, their development may look a little different than a child learning only one language. The American Speech-Language-Hearing …

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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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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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How to Teach Toddlers and Infants a Language

Creating Good Language Learning Environments for Very Young Children (Ages 0–2) (p. 63) • Direct lots of rich, meaningful speech toward your child from birth. • Encourage friends, relatives, babysitters, siblings, and other visitors to speak and play with your child in the second language. • Engage in interactions that pique your child’s interests—for example, by …

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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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Types of bilingual education

TYPES OF BILINGUAL EDUCATION “Maintenance bilingual education: These programs are to help children become both and biliterate. In the United States, students in such programs typically speak a language other than English at home. Transitional bilingual education: These programs aim to help children transition from their native language for example, Spanish, Cambodian, Portuguese, Arabic) to …

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