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Raising a Truly Bilingual Child

The New York Times – Perri Klass, M.D.

“If a child grows up with caretakers who speak a foreign language — perhaps a Chinese au pair or a French nanny — the child may see some benefits down the road in studying that language. But if a child grows up speaking that second language — Korean, say — with cousins and grandparents, attending a “Saturday School” that emphasizes the language and the culture, listening to music and even reading books in that language, and visits Korea along the way, that child will end up with a much stronger sense of the language. It does take longer to acquire two languages than one, Dr. Hoff said, and that, again, comes back to the exposure.”(more)

As Movies And Videogames Go Global, New Jobs Open For Humanities Grads

Forbes – George Anders

“Create a popular U.S. movie, and you’ll want local-language versions of everything from T-shirts to trailers — fast! Come up with a dazzling videogame, and you’ll be scrambling for people who can convey an orc’s powers in languages ranging from Thai to Portuguese. Finding raw translation skills turns out to be the easy part. (Lots of online marketplaces and translation boutiques offer contract workers at every imaginable price point.) What’s trickier — and crucial — is to set up oversight systems to ensure everything gets executed properly. As a result, there’s booming demand for an intriguing class of experts, called localization specialists, localization managers and localization engineers. They pay attention to cultural sensitivities, so a joke that’s harmless in one culture doesn’t become offensive in another. They also devise checklists and templates to guarantee that each country’s build-out stays on track and gets done efficiently.”(more)

5 Reasons You Should Teach Your Child Another Language

The Huffington Post – Chontelle Bonfiglio

“My children who are almost three and five are bilingual. We live in Italy and they speak English and Italian to a native level for their ages. They have been learning Spanish for the past year and a half spending a few afternoons a week with a native Spanish speaker. Neither my husband nor I speak Spanish very well. My eldest can hold a good conversation though, while my little one understands a lot and can speak the basics. We also have fun learning bits and pieces from other languages. Before having children, I lived in many other countries and learned the basics of a few different languages. Sometimes I teach my kids a few words here and they love it. We recently introduced Mandarin, and hope that the language will spark interest in my children on a more serious note. Neither my husband nor I speak Mandarin, but we hope to learn a little along with our kids.”(more)

Mark Zuckerberg Is Learning Chinese. Here’s Why You Should, Too

INC – Glenn Leibowitz

“I’ve been following Mark Zuckerberg’s path to mastering Mandarin Chinese since his speech at Tsinghua University in Beijing in October 2014. At that event, Mark bravely managed to deliver his speech and answer questions from the audience – entirely in Chinese. Yes, as one expert noted at the time, he mangled his grammar and pronunciation. But he did what few (if any) CEOs of multi-billion-dollar companies have done during their business trips to China: He took the time to learn and speak the language. During the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday in February last year, Mark and his wife Priscilla recorded a video with their adorable newborn daughter, Max. Again, Zuckerberg put his Mandarin chops on display for the entire world to hear.”(more)

A New Year’s Plan For Parents Of Bilingual And Multilingual Children

The Huffington Post – Bea Sieradzka

“I’m not going to make any New Year’s resolutions. Nope. No more. Instead, I’ve made a plan. We all know what happens to most of our New Year’s resolutions. Plans are plans, though. Plans are made to be followed and make them a reality. Point by point. Or, a little bit of each point every day. 2016 has brought to me many changes and some of them helped me prepare for what will be in 2017. My little boy is now 6 and a bit. For the last six months, with a changing regularity (read: rarely) I have been writing about his language adventure. Even though my idea from the start was to raise him bilingual and for all those years I have been doing it as a very conscious parent, only when I actually started writing about my son’s language adventure I began to truly understand what a precious gem it is to help your child speak more languages. My initial goal was simple: to introduce him to the community language at a level that would be enough for him to communicate and comprehend the language of the majority. I wanted him to be as proficient an English speaker when he starts school as his English peers.”(more)

Foreign Language Learning for Children: Necessity or Option?

Relocate Magazine – Staff Writer

“Linguistically, younger children have the potential to develop near native proficiency with pronunciation and intonation in a new language. They also develop a cognitive advantage over children who do not learn a subsequent language as second language acquisition helps to develop critical thinking skills, creativity, and elasticity of mind. In the case of the expatriate children, one of the greatest advantages is that they have the ability to mimic closely the native pronunciation and intonation of a new language through their interaction with teachers and peers. In addition, literacy skills that have been developed in the native language transfer to the learning of the new language. In the long-term, these children will be better suited to work in a global workplace due to their first-hand understanding of the language and culture of another country.”(more)