Archive for January 2015

Mistakes to Avoid When Raising a Bilingual Child

I see it every day.  Children who understand their parents’ language, but can’t speak it.  There are generations of immigrants to the US that have failed to pass along their language to their children.  The fact is, it’s not easy and it doesn’t come naturally.  You’ve got to have a plan and you’ve got to... Read more »

Making Mistakes as a Non-native Speaker

One of the hardest things about raising my daughter in one of my non-native languages is making mistakes.  It’s not so bad if it’s just me, but if I’m teaching it to her wrong, that’s really frustrating.  For example, in Chinese, did you know that 转 and 转 are different words?  Yep, me neither until just recently.  They are... Read more »

I Have an Accent and I'm OK with That

That’s right.  I have an accent and I’m OK with that.  I have an accent when I speak Chinese, I have one when I speak Turkish, and, guess what, I even have one when I speak English.  That’s because everyone has an accent.  The rhythm and sounds in our speech our unique to our place... Read more »

Silence is Golden in Language Learning

We know from the experts that children must talk talk talk to learn a language.  How many bilingual parents have children that understand, but can’t speak the language?  The answer is a lot more than you’d think.  Language use requires multiple parts of the brain with the receptive (reading, listening) and productive (writing, speaking) skills... Read more »