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The Benefits of Multilingualism – Full Article

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The Benefits of Multilingualism - Raising Bilingual Children

By Michał B. Paradowski Institute of Applied Linguistics, University of Warsaw Photo Credit: Anthony Kelley To have another language is to possess a second soul. — Charlemagne (742/7 – 814), King of the Franks Multilingualism is the natural potential available to every normal human being rather than an unusual exception; it is only the environmental […]

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How Can We Become Trilingual?

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We are bilingual, but want to be trilingual. How do we add another language? Assuming that moving abroad is out of question right now – you can try to enlist outside “help” with the third language, like acquiring a nanny, or sending your child to playgroups, kindergartens and schools that represents the third language. It […]

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Can We Teach Our Child a Third Language While Learning It Ourselves?

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Neither my spouse nor I speak the third language.  As we learn the language, can we teach our child a third language anyway so all of us become trilingual? It can’t harm to try!  But do a reality check with regards to your goals: If your aim is to achieve native-like fluency in all three […]

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

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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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Can I Teach My Child a Language With DVDs, Videos and Books?

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I don’t speak the language, but can I help my child learn it by using only DVDs, videos and books? DVDs and videos alone won’t teach a language, but it certainly can’t harm to try. At best it will sensitize the child to foreign sounds and help him acquire a passive knowledge of the language. […]

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