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Raise monolingual children

Raise monolingual children
The time you waited for has finally come: you have your first child! It's amazing, sure, but you should be prepared for what comes next since that poor kid doesn't know everything about the world, and you will need to teach him or her a lot of stuff. Even some very basic stuff that we use everday, like speaking for example... Sure, teaching a kid to speak isn't actually that hard and all you would need to do is just talk and speak everyday. And with this side of the versus let's imagine your kid will be a monolingual. This word indicates a person that speak only one language: nowadays there are many people that speak many other languages besides their main one, be it english, italian, spanish, chinese, french or who know what else... But there are also people who didn't have the time, the money, or simply didn't bother to learn another language. Therefore their child will be stuck with learning just that single language, at least until school - but at that point the kid will be grown up and able to understand and learn things on their own. Raising a monolingual children can be therefore be a obligation, or simply a choice: maybe the parents know different languages, but they don't want to overpressure the children with double the amounts of words to learn. They just want the kid to master a single language, and that's possible just with a monolingual children: having to listen to just, let's say, english, for the whole few years of his or her life, will allow the child to fully explore every word, every rule, basically everything that language have to offer. It's easier for both the children and the parent, since there is basically no effort required (besides the typical efforts of being a parent of course): just speak, the children will listen and learn.

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Pros
  • It's easy and happen naturally
  • The kid will be able to fully master the language
  • You just need to speak without any effort in that matter

Cons
  • It will be hard to learn new languages in the future
  • Knowing just one language can limit in travels and stuff like that
  • The child will only know one language

Supporters

Wubwub

waste of time

I learned an extra language and now I know three, but I haven't really found much use for them because unless I want to become a translator it's just an extra skill that I never really asked for or have a use for. If I have kids, I'd at least ask them first if they want to spend a big chunk of their childhood in learning a language, and even then I'd make sure they know exactly what they are getting into. This was forced on me and I really wish I could have just spent that time on something else, so no, I would just raise monolingual kids if I can and I'd just have them spend their time on something more useful or at least more enjoyable.
Posted by Wubwub on 11-29-2017

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Raise bilingual children

Raise bilingual children
There are many people that would suggest that raising a bilingual children is the right choice. But is it really? Sometime you don't have a choice, but when you do a world of opportunities open up to you. If the parents of the kid come from two different countries where two different languages are spoken, a bilingual children can be a option! Or even when the parents are from the same country, but they speak two different languages - let's teach the kid that other language as well! It might be harder that raising a child with only one language, but there are different methods that could help. For example, there is the "One Person One Language" method where, as the name suggest, each parent speak a single language. The first parent will speak the main language of the country, and the second one will speak only in the second language that the kid have to learn - with this method, both languages will be heard every day. Or another method is that both parent will speak ONLY the language the kid will have to learn, and while this way the children will quickly learn the second language, the main one might be a bit harder and slower to learn (sure, there is school and friends, but the child don't go there every single day). But those are just the two main methods, and any family can use their own strategies, their own method of teaching. It won't happen randomly, and it won't be easy. There are many people that believe this can't possibly work in any way, but even if there are very few around, bilingual children exist, and when growing up they can easily become trilingual. Knowing two languages since the young age can make learning new ones suprisingly easy. But as I said, it's hard: it's something you have to gain and deserve.

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Pros
  • The child will be able to learn new languages easily
  • Knowing to languages open to a world of opportunities
  • They will be more open on a cultural level
  • It's been proven that bilingual kid often have better reading or writing skills

Cons
  • Can be very hard
  • The main language could be learned a bit slower or harder
  • It require a lot of time
  • You need effort and a proper strategy
  • They might not be perfect in both languages, knowing just the main basic of them

Supporters

kingcool52

Bilingual

It's always better to know at least one other language because it's just better isn't it? Depending on the language, it won't be a waste of time especially if you know another language that is used quite a lot around the world. Plus, by only teaching your kid your main language (English for example), you are really limiting their future.
Posted by kingcool52 on 12-13-2017
Sue

Definitely Bilinigual

If a child is doing well with other studies and is able to learn a new language then they definitely should . Some kids struggle so trying to learn another language may set them back from learning the basics. I have two child and one learned a second language very easily. My other child had to focus more on learning to read and write English properly.
Posted by Sue on 11-29-2017
Mehano

Better

I don't have any children yet but when/if I do have them, I will make sure that they will be bilingual. Today's society is just so, so diverse and the more languages and cultures you know, the better.

Why focus on only learning one language if you can educate them to be able to speak fluently in multiple and that will increase their success rate in the future.

I am bilingual myself and I am earning money with the help of it. Also, young children are the fastest to learn new languages.

Posted by Mehano on 11-29-2017
peachpurple

The more the better

Both my kids are bilingual kids. From baby, I had taught them to speak English and Chinese. Now they can speak both languages in addition to Malay which they had learn from school and Hokkien dialect from their grandparents.

It is beneficial for them to be able to speak bilingual languages in order to communicate with different people of all races. In future when they are grown up, they are able to communicate with the society.

Posted by peachpurple on 11-28-2017
cmoneyspinner

Biligual? Why Stop at Bi?? Multilingual is bette

My friends spoke both Spanish and English. But when their kids were born they decided to speak only English around them. (How they managed that with their relatives I'll never know!) But I thought they did their kids a disservice. It never works against you to know more than one language. The more languages you know the better! You build relationships through communication and you can't communicate when you can't speak the language.
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 01-01-2018
JMS

Good Idea. Good For The Brain.

Of course, it is better for the child to learn at least one other language other than it's mother tongue. Learning a language of the nearest country to your own is always a good idea. When the child grows up they can then have lessons in whatever language they choose and it will be easier to learn because they have already done it when they were at school.

The shameful thing though, is that many, many people haven't even mastered their mother tongue so why learn another language until that is achieved?

Posted by JMS on 01-29-2018
VintageRose

Kids are sponges.

A friend of mine is raising her children bilingual (spanish-french) and it's not as hard as you might think! While it's clear they favor French (they live in France after all) they are incredibly fluent in Spanish and they jump between languages without any kind of issue.

It is my opinion that raising your children bilingually is doing them a huge favor, because they will find it much easier to learn further languages in the future, not to mention that they'd practically be fluent by the time they are old enough to try seeking a third language.

Posted by VintageRose on 02-24-2018
gata montes

Bilingual - way better

Having been brought up in a bilingual environment my vote has to go with this one - simply because - its proved to be extremely beneficial to me in every sense of the word.

Especially as - even though I now hardly ever speak or use one of my original languages - it doesn't really matter as quite few others have replaced it - the learning of which appears to have been helped by the fact that I grew up speaking two different languages - as I seem to pick up and learn new languages reasonably easily and quickly.

The latter of which - is a huge bonus for me - particularly as - not only have I've spent the majority of my life moving from one country to another - meaning both living and working in them - but there are more job opportunities and of course way more life experiences to be had and enjoyed when you can speak more than one language.

Posted by gata montes on 11-28-2017
Marvadaum

Better to start early!

Nowadays being bilingual is a must in our globalized world. So if kids need to learn two idioms it's better to start early and to save time and money in the future
Posted by Marvadaum on 11-29-2017
wiseagent

Bilingual.

I think raise a bilingual children is very important because the world is a multicultural place. then a growing child based on more than one language will have more advantages than the others (as long as the child knows how to use that in his / her favor).
Posted by wiseagent on 11-29-2017
manmad

Bilinguality.

It is always the best for a person to know as many languages as he can, not only will it help him/her communicate with others, but also gain valuable information from different sources and potentially use it for business too. Learning a new language is a gift and having the opportunity to do it since a child is something one should not miss.
Posted by manmad on 11-28-2017
blank629

Bilingual is my choice.

I am not raised as a bilingual child but I wish I was. So if I have kids someday, I prefer to raise them as a bilingual children. I know it is hard in the part of the children but it may help them in the future. Nowadays, most of the people wants to learn different languages due to many reasons. So it is an advantage if you know maybe two or more languages ever since you are a kid.
Posted by blank629 on 12-03-2017
NickJ

Bilingual

In today's rapidly evolving and changing world, gaining the kill of a new language or multiple languages is essential to ones future survival.
Posted by NickJ on 01-17-2018
mildredtabitha

bilingual

Personally, I only learned one language as a kid and then I got to learn English in school. I would still love to raise my children knowing 3 to 5 languages. This will also make it easy for me to learn more languages as they keep learning.
Posted by mildredtabitha on 11-29-2017
Kakashi2020

Second Language

Being bilingual or having a second Language is very useful nowadays. In this world we live now, information is the name of the game.

A bilingual person has an edge in getting better jobs and more business. By using the internet more opportunities are open to persons who understands foreign languages. That's why it's better for kids right now to have a second toungue. I think being bilingual will be the norm in the near future.

Posted by Kakashi2020 on 02-01-2018
jaybee19

The world is bigger than we think

In the future, if I will become a parent, I will definitely raise my children as bilinguals or best, multilingual. Why? because I want my children to be able to communicate with other nationalities because nowadays, it's not impossible to work overseas and be able to meet other people who does not speak the same language as we do. Also, I do believe that there are more opportunities for bi or multilingual people that monolingual ones.
Posted by jaybee19 on 11-04-2018
menchuuy58

Bilingual

I choose to raise bilingual children. it will be an advantage in school. It is also advantageous in work or office.
Posted by menchuuy58 on 11-19-2018

Comments

kgord
I think it is better to raise your children bi lingually, as language learning is easier in the early years of life. However, I have heard of cases where children don't learn either language well. They go to kindergarten, and they dont really know either English or Spanish. They are kind of caught between two worlds. For some, a primary language is best.
Posted by kgord on 11-28-2017
Rhodolite
It's nice to have children be bilingual but be sure that they can grasp both languages with mastery. Had tons of friends grow up bilingual and then have issues with mastery over both languages. I've had to tutor them in English and get them up to par. It's a double edged sword honestly.
Posted by Rhodolite on 11-28-2017
babyright
Raising children to have bilingual ability is very good because they will have the advantage to interact and communicate easily with so many people from other cultures of the world and more work opportunities will be open to them.
Posted by babyright on 11-28-2017
ballyhara
Honestly, I would teach a kid of mine, like at least 3 languages. You don't know all the doors, and possibilities and new language can open. So, whoever has the chance and the money to do this investment, never doubt about it. Your kids will thank you later when they have the world on their feet. So far, my sisters and I can speak almost 3 languages each, and that has been a blessing, I can't stop thanking God and my mom everyday for it.
Posted by ballyhara on 11-28-2017
lovely
The best is. raising kids to learn or have bilingual language knowledge.I wish my mum insisted about that because it will have just been the best for us. Well, for my kids I have insisted the must learn other languages and they're doing well learning French,Spanish and German. it will help them communicate effectively in and outside their country.
Posted by lovely on 11-28-2017
Corzhens
It’s nice to see and hear children talk in 2 languages. Over here, since English is our second language, it is common for children to speak Filipino and English. But there are children, particularly those from wealthy families who speak only English and do not know our native language. Anyway, I would prefer the child to be reared in 2 languages because I had seen that it is not difficult for a child to learn languages especially when you are using it at home.
Posted by Corzhens on 11-29-2017
vinaya
I use English as a second language, my primary language is Nepali. I use Nepali in my everyday communication and English in my workplace. English is also a compulsory subject in schools and colleges here i my home country. I grew up as bilingual child, like wise, my child will also grow up in bilingual environment.
Posted by vinaya on 11-29-2017
Barida
Language is all about communicating with others and I think it's better to teach the kid the native language well at the beginning and ensure they understood things about them. It's now their option to learn other languages or not when they grown into adults.
Posted by Barida on 11-29-2017
Rhombus
From a country will eleven official languages, I think that while children should retain their culture - schooling should be done in english. Education in english opens doors all over the world. I am not gifted in learning languages and the time spent on my "second language" which has no value and only spoken in this country was a complete waste of time.
Posted by Rhombus on 12-14-2017
ColdFlameChris
If I'm gonna have my own child, I will teach them two languages, our native language, and English. It's always a proper thing to keep our native language intact so they can easily communicate with others since we're living on the same country and most of the people still speaking in our own native tongue. English is the world language where you can use wherever you go to communicate. Most of the people now know little thing about English so it's better if your children know it too. English is also a common language that we use nowadays in our work. As much as possible, teach them how to read, write, speak in both languages.
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 12-27-2017
vivalavanda
Let's not limit the child's capacity to learn something. Freedom means knowledge. Two is always better than one, so why not raise your children as bilingual. Besides, there will be so many benefits if you are fluent in another language. I am raised bilingual and it brought me many opportunities because I am fluent in two languages.
Posted by vivalavanda on 02-21-2018
chatbox
Being multilingual has distinct advantages and parents should never deprive their children of the opportunity to learn as many languages as possible. Learning English is a must for countries where it is not a native language but nowadays, it can bring multiple benefits if a person learns the native tongue, English, and languages spoken in countries with top level economies. That will surely open up opportunities for business and employment in the future.
Posted by chatbox on 03-18-2018
nrnlss
I was raised a multilingual, I know 3 dialects. Honestly, it is helpful to me that I known3 different dialects because I was able to connect with a lot of people who have different language.
Posted by nrnlss on 10-25-2018
kaka135
As we are staying in multiracial country, we actually have to learn at least two languages - English and our national language, Malay language. As I am a Chinese, Chinese is my mother language, hence I don't think we are allowed to grow up to be monolingual. I agree in teaching the children multiple languages, at least two, as it's actually good for their brain development. Moreover, when we are learning a language, we also learn about the culture and maybe the history of the language as well. It's something good for the children to learn. But, I always prefer to speak only my native language to my children when they were still very young as I think it's easier for them to pick up the language and most importantly they will be easier to express themselves with our native language. When they are older, I started to speak English and Malay language to them.
Posted by kaka135 on 11-03-2018
menchuuy58
I choose to raise our children to be bilingual. They will not find it hard to talk with other people. It is a great advantage in school and work.
Posted by menchuuy58 on 11-19-2018
jpk0007
Well i can speak three languages fluently along with English and i think that knowing more than one language is always going to be benefitial in these times. Internet has brought people together and people from different countries travel widely around the World for work and business. When one is able to communicate in more than one language then it gives him an added advantage in his professional life. Multilingual is the way to go in this time of globalisation when World is almost like a singlre community.
Posted by jpk0007 on 12-06-2018