Bilingualism

There are many misconceptions and misunderstandings about bilingualism.  There are fears about it having a negative effect upon children, disputes about what it means to be bilingual, a feeling that being bilingual is something rare and unusual.  Indeed, bilingualism is often viewed with suspicion.  Yet you only have to watch Comic Relief to realise that no matter how well educated we feel we are, there are children in “third world countries” that can use more than one language.  In fact, there are many who cope with more than two.  Our brains are more than equipped to deal with the challenge of using two languages, we just have to open ourselves to the challenge.

But don’t take my relatively uneducated view on this.  Do the research for yourself and come to your own conclusions.  To get you started you may want to take a look at some of these blogs and websites.

Blogs of other people raising their families to be bilingual – even where the parents have no second language to start with.  Many are very detailed with lots of links to other sites and blogs so should be useful if you’re looking for a variety of opinions:

2 Responses to “Bilingualism”

  1. Sarah @ Baby Bilingual January 29, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    Thank you for including my blog in this list!

    • gaelicmediummum January 29, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

      It’s no bother. I think bilingualism is something that isn’t well discussed and people in this country almost fear it. It’s good to show people that this is not an unusual phenomenon and that there are lot of options out there.

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