Thursday, February 24th, 2011
Why Bilingual Children Prefer A Certain Language With Adults
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, FranÃ§ois 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 didnâ€™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, â€œDonâ€™t talk like that.â€ It was more that she preferred hearing me only in English.
You can check out this great aricle here:
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