2 new podcasts on bilingualism, from Western Sydney University, that I really enjoyed and that only last 20 minutes each:
1. Raising a bilingual baby - "When you speak two languages at home, it makes sense to teach your baby both languages. But many parents worry that raising their baby to be bilingual will actually confuse them. Will learning two languages cause language delays? Now we bust the myths surrounding bilingualism."
Fab post that busts myths. It confirms what I once read somewhere: the studies from which originated the speech delay myth were carried out on refugee kids in WWI and WWII...not the best population to carry out tests on (trauma, new country...).
"Bad science has a habit of sticking about" rightly says one of the experts interviewed.
2. The benefits of bilingualism - There are plenty of benefits of raising a child who learns more than one language at a time. In fact, bilingualism has an incredible effect on the brain. Bilingualism might just give your baby their best shot at being a musical child genius – and making the world a better place! We explain all...
Host: Jamila Rizvi, author, presenter and political commentator Producer: Caitlin Gibson
Marisa: "Victory moment:" My almost 4-year-old daughter told me yesterday in the ml (rough translation): "mom, there's something wrong with the cartoons, can you fix it, please?"... she was accidentally watching TV in the ML! So I gladly obliged
Jan 18, 2020 4:15:02 GMT 9
Amy: Awww bless her, Marisa!!! That was so cute!! <3
Jan 18, 2020 5:25:44 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Marisa, give that little minority language lover a big hug from me!
Jan 18, 2020 8:04:49 GMT 9
Mayken: We're at Harry Potter Book Night at the English bookshop in Paris. The activities are all in French but my daughter teamed up for the treasure hunt with a girl who also speaks ouf ml German!
Feb 8, 2020 3:50:49 GMT 9