Does your family speak two languages but you’re not sure what the best way is to teach your child both languages without confusion? It’s actually much easier than you think and it is a huge benefit to the child to learn and know more than one language. As your child learns English in school, it is recommended to speak your home language as much as possible at home and with other family members to maintain the integrity of your family’s language.
Benefits of Learning Two Languages:
Knowing more than one language will help them later in life when traveling, in social settings, and in work
It will preserve your family’s culture, heritage, and family ties
Your child will be less likely to fall behind in certain areas of academics
It’s easier to learn multiple languages at a young age when your child is at the peak of learning many new things
Many parents start speaking to their children as babies in their home language and then will speak both languages by repeating sentences twice, once in each language, for the child to retain both languages. It is recommended to have a constant person speak one language – For example, if the mother speaks a native language, then she can speak to her child in her native tongue while the father speaks to her in his native tongue, which may be English, or something else. Then, another family member, like an aunt or an uncle for example, can speak to the child in English. As long as the family members stay consistent to the language they decide to speak to the child, it should be an easy transition for the child to learn multiple languages.
Some parents feel it may be a burden on the child but honestly, children’s brains are growing at a rapid rate when young and they thrive on learning and growing. We highly recommend instilling more than one language into your child’s life and vocabulary - It will benefit him or her forever.