What child, bilingual, multilingual or monolingual, can resist responding to a parent who is clearly wrong!?
Want to find out if your bilingual child understands what you are saying? Want to get your bilingual child to respond to you?
Then play the No Game!
It will be hard for your child to not answer you when you go out of your way to be totally and completely wrong!
During the day make statements to your child that are clearly wrong. For example, when pointing to a cat say, “Oh, look, there is a dog!” Or in the morning, say to your child, “Good night.”
You can encourage even longer sentences and discussion based on your statements and questions. For example, you might say, “Your math teacher, Mr. Smith, sure did give you a lot of reading homework!” when you know that your child’s math teacher is named Mrs. Kennedy and the reading teacher is named Mr. Hill and neither gave any homework on that day.
What multilingual fun can be had by just being very, very wrong as much as possible!