What advice do you have for raising a bilingual child?
February 2, 2004 10:22 AM Subscribe
Raising a bilingual child. I'd be grateful to hear advice, experiences or recommended resources for raising a child in a dual-language home. [more inside]
posted by Ljubljana to Education (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I often hear the "Don't worry about it, kids are sponges, they'll learn anything" line, but I'm not totally convinced, and would love to hear more about things to watch out for, common mistakes, good tips, etc...
A few details: My wife is Slovene, I'm American and we're currently living in Slovenia. Right now we're thinking about both speaking English at home. Luckily, English is widely spoken here, and almost all radio songs and television shows are in English. I'm guessing this will help a lot.
In our extended family, however, there are a variety of languages spoken (Serbian, German, Mandarin Chinese) which we're not quite sure what to do with. Is it possible to overload a child with languages? Is it good for, say, one grandfather to speak to her in Serbian and another in German? Or will this do more damage than good?
(She's only 3 months right now, so there's no urgency.)
Any info at all would be greatly appreciated!