Tag Archives: bilingual

Integration vs. Preservation: Which Language Do You Teach Your Children?

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I remember meeting a girl at school whose parents were German and Italian, but had taught her neither language. Growing up in the USA, she had only ever spoken English. This seems to make sense; English is the main language in America and presumably was also the shared language between her parents and therefore spoken(…)


Afrikaans – Another Language Kicking the Bucket?

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Touching down on South African soil is a rare and cherished occurrence for me, being the wandering vagabond of the family. Every time I do, I’m met with those pleasant familiarities – the smell of meat on the braai (South African barbeque), the heat rising off the ground in waves (I try to only go(…)


No bad words for bilinguals

Brains are complicated and odd things. Take new research from Bangor University in the UK. Researchers have found that an unconscious brain quirk dampens down people’s responses to negative words in their non-native language. Bilingual people thus respond less emotionally to words like ‘failure’ in their second language. Similarly they are less shocked to hear(…)


Bilingual ability may be lost by first birthday

Research from the University of Washington suggests that babies lose their bilingual ability as early as their first birthday if they are not exposed to different sounds. The study suggests that introducing two languages before the child can speak seems to be the best way to raise bilingual babies. By around a year old, the(…)


Does being bilingual mean you see the world in a different way?

The answer is yes, according to a new study at Newcastle University, England. Bilingual people think differently to monolingual people, according to researchers, with language use making the difference rather than proficiency. The study looked at Japanese and English speakers and tested their colour perception – useful because of the variation in ways different languages(…)


The linguistic genius of babies

I was sent a link to this presentation by Patricia Kuhl intriguingly titled “The linguistic genius of babies”. Kuhl is co-director of the Institute of Brain and Learning Sciences at the University of Washington, and researches early language and brain development. Her talk: shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another —(…)


Bilingual benefits

New research has shown that bilingual people find it easier to learn a third language, according to Science Daily. The study was conducted at the University of Haifa, and aimed to find out what, if any, benefits there were in being bilingual when learning another language. The researchers found it was easier for bilingual people(…)