Monday, March 23, 2009

Raising bilingual children takes time, huge effort — and lotsa money

This is a great article that sums up very well the issues involved in raising bilingual children. Many of the people that my son and I communicate with in Japan, teachers included, think that learning another language as your first is genetic. "Oh, your father is American, you must speak English," they say. The only reason that my son is bilingual is because he has done the hard work and my wife and I have advocated for him every step of the way.

The only reason that Japanese parents don't do the same thing is because they believe, unfortunately, that they can't. Sorry about that, but I have three all together, and we'll make sure they get the gift of bilingualism.

Raising bilingual children takes time, huge effort — and lotsa money | The Japan Times Online

1 comment:

Iluska Ikeda said...

We're trying to raise our daughter trilingual... English is the community language, my family speaks Portuguese (Brazilian heritage), and my husband speaks Japanese. It's so hard. Since my husband and I speak English to each other, I can't help but slip into English when I talk to her (my mom complains all the time). And she's mostly with me, so she doesn't get as much Japanese as we would like. We're still trying of course.

That's great that you guys have been able to do it. I can attest to your hard work and allt he effort that goes into it.