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7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child Paperback – November 13, 2008
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"Recommended for large public libraries and libraries serving diverse cultures.” --Library Journal
"Find out why early childhood is the best time to teach your child a second language and learn how to do it with this step-by-step guide. The section on handling predictable obstacles is particularly helpful." --Scholastic Parent & Child
"Steiner’s passion for languages is obvious on every page and instills inspiration in both parents who’ve always planned to raise their children to be bilingual and in those who never considered bilingualism to be an important possibility. Perhaps, with Steiner’s help, the people of the global village will raise the level of discourse and not only will countries be able to speak to each other, they’ll also be able to understand each other." --ForeWord Magazine
The best time to learn a second language is as a child. During childhood, the brain is more receptive to language learning than at any other time in life. Aware that a second language can enrich their child’s understanding of other cultures and bring future job opportunities in a world drawn ever closer by globalization, many parents today are motivated to raise their children bilingual.
This book helps parents in both monolingual and multilingual families determine and achieve their bilingual goals for their child, whether those goals are understanding others, the ability to speak a second language, reading and/or writing in two languages, or some combination of all of these. The authors explain how the brain learns more than one language, explode common myths, address frequently asked questions, and reveal an array of resources available to families. Packed with insightful anecdotes and powerful strategies, this is a one-of-a-kind guidebook for those seeking to provide their children with a uniquely valuable experience.
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Having been raised monolingual by my parents in a non-English speaking country, I was introduced to world languages during middle and high school, but at that time I never really used the languages actively, mostly in fear to say something wrong and make mistakes (but still it helped having this basis). After having come to the U.S. at an "older age", I needed to communicate in English which I did not speak or understand fluently. At the same time, I had to raise my children in-between languages. Steiner encourages me that it is perfectly normal when my children (or I) sometimes for example mix a foreign, primary language word into their (or my) dialogue, not because we are "confused", but because that is an easier way of communication and part of a learning process. Thank you, Dr. Steiner, for all your great realistic recommendations.
This is so commonsensical and we did not have to spend a few hours to get that information.
This book is probably good if you are unsure about your decision to make your children bilingual, particularly if you are not a native speaker of the second language that your children will learn. The book probably boosts your confidence. (but to be perfectly honest, even the concern of "whether i can raise a bilingual child" sounds silly. that's what the most of the world does.) It doesn't really give you much practical advice on "how much" exposure, "what kind" of exposure, or dos and don'ts. So after reading this, you still need to explore a lot on your own.
Dr. Naomi Steiner is also a "maestro" to providing parents willing to raise their kids multilingual with the means and methods necessary so that they are successful and rewarded in their effort. I agree with her that at the end of the day, it is really not an effort; it becomes a way of life and enriches a child's communication with the rest of the world. Dr. Steiner has debunked a few myths we had ourselves about "confusing" our child if we try to teach two different sets of spelling and reading rules, and about letting her figure out other languages, such as Chinese (Mandarin) or Japanese, in which she expressed a keen interest at a young age.
I truly believe this book will change not only our child's life, as after reading it we became even more determined to raise a multilingual kid, but our lives as well. It was my exposure to multiple European Languages in school that helped me understand the importance and great benefit of at least understanding the basic words in another language - especially if you like to travel a lot, as we do. But now, living in the Boston area and meeting people speaking different languages every day, it became more apparent that it gives us a special connection with them when we are able to say a few words in their native language.
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I find this book extremely helpful and enriching. I really appreciated that this book was also focused on families who are monolingual and want to raise their kids to be bilingual. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Eliska Piekarova
Really good suggestions and information about providing multi languages to children. I tried a few suggestions from the book since my daughter was born almost six years ago, and... Read morePublished on July 20, 2014 by NYC fairchild
I haven't had time to read it all yet. I actually bought ito pass on to my son and d-i-l who have 13 month old daughter in Germany.Published on March 6, 2014 by Kay Ziegahn
I think it's pretty helpful but some things just don't work for me personally. Still, a great read and I got some useful information.Published on January 21, 2014 by TJ
I could gain a great deal of insight into the matter of raising a child bilingually. I also found the book very practical as Steiner provides us with many relevant details. Read morePublished on July 26, 2013 by Amazon Customer