Words of advice?

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-09-2007
Words of advice?
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Thu, 11-12-2009 - 8:24am

What general advice would you give other parents who are debating raising their own children to be bilingual or more?


 
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-16-2001
Tue, 11-17-2009 - 2:23am

As a child who grew up trilingual from the age of 4, I would say go for it.

Being fluent in a few languages opens so many doors, not only professional ones but also to friendships and to understanding other cultures in a more intimate way. Being able to read books in the language they were written in or watch a movie in the original language are priceless experiences.



iVillage Member
Registered: 03-09-2007
Wed, 11-18-2009 - 1:46am

Great words of advice Poppy!

 
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-16-2001
Wed, 11-18-2009 - 2:40am

Do you also make a sport out of reading the subtitles and watching a completely different movie that is being played out on screen in the original language ;-)



iVillage Member
Registered: 03-09-2007
Wed, 11-18-2009 - 7:48am

Actually, I sometimes watch the subtitles go past to see if they are translating the English TV shows/movies correctly.

 
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-19-2003
Wed, 11-18-2009 - 9:56am

As I said, sometimes they are watching a totally different show!















iVillage Member
Registered: 03-09-2007
Thu, 11-19-2009 - 2:04am

Yep, I’d have to agree with you there.

 
iVillage Member
Registered: 09-30-2007
Fri, 12-11-2009 - 12:07pm

Hello,

I say do it. More than ever I am realizing the advantages. I wish I had been raised fully bilingual.

Funny quote:

If you can speak three languages you're trilingual. If you can speak two languages you're bilingual. If you can speak only one language you're an American. ~Author Unknown

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