fluency

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Will My Trilingual Child Be Equally Fluent in All Three Languages?

by Alice

If we have three languages in our family, are my children going to be equally fluent in all languages and be able to speak them with native-like ability? Answer from Alice Lapuerta: The chances of acquiring equal, native-like fluency in all three languages is probably a bit unrealistic. As with bilingualism, language aptitude is subjected […]

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Language Switching Can Be Good!

by Corey

When both or all participants in a conversation understand both languages, switching has a purpose.  It’s almost as if a third language is introduced.  Code-switching may occur in large blocks of speech, between sentences or within sentences. Some authors have made a distinction between language mixing and code-switching.  Language mixing has been used to refer […]

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Will My Multilingual Child Develop Multiple Identities?

by Corey

The ability to be both bilingual and bicultural is often the true test of fluency.  A major concern for parents is whether their bilingual child will develop a double identity alongside intellectual capacities in two languages.  Pressure to conform culturally is subtle and can come from a country or from a parent… Living with two […]

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