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By George Saunders

Kid's acquisition of bilingualism is proven to be whatever basic, whatever optimistic, which might be a lucrative and enriching adventure for either youngsters and their mom and dad. because the ebook used to be written with the overall reader in brain, it's composed in a really readable kind and has transparent, simply comprehensible reasons of any technical matters.

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We were enthusiastic, and with the little one, as well as in his presence, we talked German. But, perforce (sic), our enthusiasm waned soon. After all, we were not the only ones who talked to him. All our guests, of course, spoke English. Whenever he visited he heard English.. For each item he had to learn two words: one German and one English, and that took him too long. As a result he began to stutter . " She pessimistically concludes that the best that can be hoped to be done under such circumstances as far as the language is concerned is to get children "to practise typically German sounds frequently", so that they can learn the language more easily later on on a visit to Germany.

During the course of the book an attempt is made to give or suggest answers to many of the questions people raise concerning bilingualism in young children. Among the typical questions asked are: Should a child be exposed to two languages simultaneously or should one be established before the other is introduced? (See pp. ) Won't acquiring two languages simultaneously place too great a mental burden on a young child? (See particularly p. 21 and pp. ) Will a child spoken to in two languages from birth begin to speak later than a child spoken to in only one language?

But, perforce (sic), our enthusiasm waned soon. After all, we were not the only ones who talked to him. All our guests, of course, spoke English. Whenever he visited he heard English.. For each item he had to learn two words: one German and one English, and that took him too long. As a result he began to stutter . " She pessimistically concludes that the best that can be hoped to be done under such circumstances as far as the language is concerned is to get children "to practise typically German sounds frequently", so that they can learn the language more easily later on on a visit to Germany.

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