Are You Raising Your Baby to Be Bilingual?

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bilingual babies

Does your baby parlez vous

another language?

Mr. Cafe Suzanne is fluent in several languages and my hope was that he'd speak French to our baby so that she'd be bilingual. As someone who wishes she could speak another language, but can't, despite seven years of study (sorry, Madame Fisch), I think it's a great gift.

He agreed to my plan before our daughter arrived, but aside from singing her an occasional French song, he doesn't really speak French to her on a consistent basis. It's a shame, because there's a new study out that says bilingual babies have a learning advantage.

The study shows that bilingual babies adapt faster to different learning cues at seven months old compared with babies from single-language households. Does this mean that bilingual babies end up being smarter than other kids later in life? That remains to be seen, but it does show that babies benefit early on from having bilingual exposure, even when they can't talk yet.

Are you raising your baby to be bilingual?

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mrcle... mrcleansgal

i am trying to get t ehkids to do sign language does that count???

baby1... baby1love

Not on purpose........ my 2 year old has learned several Spanish words from watching Dora and Diego and her Learning Leap Frog Maracas.

xMiki... xMikisMomx

Sure am. I'm 1/2 Mexican so I want my child to be bilingual. Hopefully that way he'll know 2 growing up and when he gets to high school, he can learn a third.

tjuhm... tjuhmylove

yes, I am teaching my little boy Spanish I only speak to him in Spanish and my husband  speaks to him in Vietnamese sometimes as well as English. He seems to understand all three..he doesn't talk very much yet, but its funny because many of the words he does say are in English, except for daddy which he says in Vietnamese and grandpa and granma which he says in Spanish..I hope he learns to speak both Spanish and Vietnamese..

swiss... swissmiss292

I intend to raise my son bilingual- I am a Swiss native living in the States and my husband is American- now that my baby is here I am speaking 50% English, 50 % Swiss German to him. It is a challenge as English comes almost just as easy to me as speaking German except that English is encouraged due to my surroundings understanding it. So I have to tell myself to be very intentional about it. It hopefully will get better once the baby starts speaking too- I will definitely read him German books and sing German songs to him though....


 

Iluvm... Iluvmy2kiddies

I am puertorican and I am trying to teach my children Spanish. This is my first language, so I thought it would be really easy...but it is not...Still trying though!!!!!I would be easier if I had my family close to us, so they could be around people who speak Spanish on a regular basis!

hotaru hotaru

nope

Acid Acid

We most certainly are.  My husband speaks French and some German so my three year old will be trilingual.  My 12 year old is picking up a few German words as well...so she will be trilingual also.

COOKY81 COOKY81

YES!! I REALLY TRY TO ENCOURANGE MY KIDS TO SPEAK BOTH (ENGLISH&SPANISH).I HAVE ALITTLE MORE TROUBLE WITH MY OLDEST (9YRS.OLD) THAN MY 4 YEAR OLD. THEY BOTH UNDERSTAND WHEN THEY ARE TALK TO IN SPANISH AND SOMETIMES THEY'LL RESPOND TO YOU IN SPANISH TOO. MY HUSBAND AND I SPEAK MORE ENGLISH @ HOME THAN SPANISH MAYB B'CAUSE OF THAT. I'VE TOLD MY SON THERE'S MORE JOB OPPORTUNITIES OUT THERE WHEN UR BILINGUAL!!!

lilmob lilmob

oh no !!! i think its a choice you should make yourself when you get to school if you want to take up a 2nd language kids today cant even speak proper english let alone throwing a whole other culture and language at them....plus im really hell bent on this is america you speak english i shouldnt have to learn how to speak spanish in order to accomidate others that want to live here they want to come to america they should speak english then if we travel to other countries they dont talk to you in english you better know their language or you sol buddy .

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