How to raise multilingual child?

How to raise a multilingual child?

Once I saw a programme called “Amazing people” on Russian TV channel and one of the participants was a little girl at the age of 4. I was really “amazed” when I heard the information that she spoke seven languages. SEVEN! Carl! I am 24-years-old young lady and I can speak only 3 languages. In addition, I am still not satisfied by the level of my knowledge. However, it is not the most important thing here. So, as a potential future mother I was interested how her parents helped her to achieve such wonderful results. It was not surprising fact that her parents were linguists. They read a book of Japanese author called “Kindergarten is too late”, which is stated that children ought to learn important skills from birth to the age of three. Of course, as a modern person, I started to search the internet and read different information about education children from the birth to teach them several languages. Here I would like to list main significant tips, which can help you to raise multilingual children:

  • IT IS NOT IMPORTANT TO RAISE GENIUS

The main aim of early development is to give good education in order to bring up children’s deep mind and healthy body, to teach them to be kind and intelligent

  • IT IS EASIER FOR CHILDREN TO REMEMBER “GIRAFFE” THAN “NINE

Children can easily learn very difficult hieroglyphs better than abstract notions like numbers. It is because they remember well the images, that is why they always remember their mother’s face from the birth

  • GENES ARE NOT COUNTED, MORE IMPORTANT IS ENVIRONMENT

You should understand that even the room an street can influence the child. Make their room brighter, buy a lot of toys and books. Even view from the window can show the positive sides of the world

  • EDUCATE YOURSELF BEFORE YOU ARE GOING TO EDUCATE THE CHILD

It can sound typical, but many parents focus on their child’s upbringing and forget about their behaviour. You should also know several languages and show your child that it is possible. In addition, it can improve their interest and relationship between parents and the child can become stronger.

I hope that you find my advice useful. I also attached the video, which made me surprised, and the book, which can help you in the future.

Click to access Masaru-Father-Version.pdf

7 thoughts on “How to raise multilingual child?

  1. I guess this is the topic which should interest me as a parent of two pre-schooler kids.

    I would assume that there are lots of children with different abilities that we even cannot imagine. But your blog is about early language acquisition. I think that this topic is relevant to our society as our country is “multi” in different aspects like languages, culture, or religion. There are more than one hundred nationalities with their language, culture, and religion.

    An amazing girl in the video you have provided is a unique child. The advice that are given also cannot be rejected. But my concern is that not all children have an ability to learn as much, every child is unique in their abilities.

    The topic really concerns me as there is a language mixture of Russian and Kazakh, and some English words in my kids’ speech. I want them to be multilingual. But the problem is that they cannot differentiate the languages in their daily discourse. I hope that they will learn it through time.

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    1. Although the title of the blog is about raising a multilingual child, the topic you raised is applicable to raising a child in general. The tips you give, in my opinion, are key principles in educating children. The video made me think of a question to which probably there is no answer – Are geniuses born or made?

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  2. Assyltas, given tips might be useful in bringing up a multilingual child, but I quite agree with Makpal that the tips may be beneficial in raising a child in general. Nevertheless, I found them useful as a future parent. I am particularly interested in your last tip, which is “educate yourself before you are going to educate the child”.
    What do you think? Should parents speak all the languages they would like their children to speak? Or is it enough to be educated in general?

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  3. I would say whatever you want to teach your child, start as early as possible. A child is like a sponge that absorbs everything easily and quickly – new words, new information, a new type of behavior and, of course, a new language. From my experience, I can say that the three languages (Kazakh, Russian and English) I speak now, they are the results of my early immersion into their learning. But when I started to learn the fourth language at the age of 11 or 12 it was much more difficult for me to master it, moreover, the progress was a bit slow. So if you want to raise a multilingual child, then remember “the earlier the better”.

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  4. I found your blog interesting and it allows us to reflect in our roles of potential mothers.
    I wish to affirm here that these days we have two types of parents. One category of parents are very busy with their work, children are often left alone and not practice their languages (Kazakh, Russian, English and other). Instead of this parents send their children to different language courses, hire private tutors, as peculiar as it may sound, most parents pay for making their child bilingual or multilingual. I called them “artificial bilinguals or multilinguals”, because in most cases children do not have a strong desire to study and acquire new languages, but parents force them to do it. As a result, they do not have intrinsic motivation and it may lead to losing of interest being active in practicinglanguages.
    Another category of parents give a great importance to the interests of child,they support them, lead them to be fluent, pay more attention on practicing languages at home, travel with their children to different countries in order to awake children’s friendly attitude towards different cultures and languages. All measures are taken by parents will not be in vain. I think this little girl on video has a very supportive parents who always try to explore her hidden talents. I am willing to be that kind of parent too. Thank you for sharing! Well done!

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  5. I agree with your tips on how to raise a multilingual child. But, over the last decade, the influence of foreign languages has increased in the global arena, especially in developing countries where government officials dictate bilingual or trilingual language policy. Speaking foreign languages open the whole world to people and helps them to realize their ambitions and give opportunities to earn money. It is the main reason why parents want to raise their children as multilingual people. But on the other hand, speaking more than two languages protect us from dementia.

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  6. Judging by the amount of comments you attracted, I can safely say that you found an appropriate and engaging topic for your peers.

    A few questions/comments about the post:
    1) What does the exclamation “Carl!” mean?
    2) “How to raise __ multilingual child?” Has two problems: 1) missing article. 2) How to…? is not a grammatically correct sentence, because it is missing the subject. “How can we…? How do you…?” are better options.
    3) What are your sources for these pieces of advice? In our age of information overload, how do you (or more importantly, your reader) know to trust these words of supposed wisdom? For me, “searching the internet and reading different information about education” doesn’t convince me to put any value at all in the ideas you present afterwards. Build credibility with your author by citing your sources and showing us a bit about HOW those findings were arrived at.
    4) IT IS NOT IMPORTANT TO RAISE GENIUS (missing article)

    4/5

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