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05 Jun 2018

What to do when your bilingual child won’t speak English

“First of all, don’t worry. This is a completely normal reaction and I hear this from almost all parents who raise their children bilingual where English is not the native language of the country. In this environment, the children are exposed to the local native language but they are also integrating a second language. While this exposure may encourage and promote English language learning, in actuality, the children may not want to speak in any language other than the local mother tongue. Some children start to use speak both languages easily, but at the end of the day speaking two
languages is like any other skill—you need a lot of practice to do it well. Without practice, your child will have a harder time using both languages. So the real question is how can we help our children practice English?”

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