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Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Why Bilingual Children Prefer A Certain Language With Adults

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I learned from the Speaking in Tongues film blog (which I am very excited to finally get to see this upcoming weekend) that Pyschology Today has a new blog on bilingualism, written by the expert, François Grosjean.

 

His most recent article is a fascinating look at why children connect languages to a particular person and why they are so adamant about it. If you have ever tried to switch your usual language with a young child, you will know exactly what I mean. On occasion, I have tried to use an Arabic word or two with my girls, and they always grow silent and look at me like I have 10 heads, as if I have done something very weird and very wrong. When I brought a copy of Goodnight Moon home from the library in Spanish, my oldest told me she didn’t like the book like that, which I assumed was because she was used to listening to it in English. But it was deeper than that. When I persisted and asked her a few questions in both Spanish and English, she told me, totally unamused, “Don’t talk like that.” It was more that she preferred hearing me only in English.

 

You can check out this great aricle here:

© 2011 – 2012, Stephanie Meade. All rights reserved.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Stephanie is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of InCultureParent. She has two Moroccan-American daughters (ages 5 and 6), whom she is raising, together with her husband, bilingual in Arabic and English at home, while also introducing Spanish. After many moves worldwide, she currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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