Misconceptions of bilingual children

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Misconceptions of bilingual children

There are misconceptions about being bilingual. One is that learning a second language will slow down development. This is absolutely false and negating the fact that your brain is a sponge, and your brain will be able to absorb both languages. The second misconception is that your brain can't handle it, when in fact, children are born citizens of the world. A child can learn two languages. What's interesting is the better he learns the first language, the better he will learn the second language. It's important to let go of those false conceptions and believe that what you are giving your child is of tremendous value. A language is not taught. A language is taught through the interactions of the adult. Your child will learn at one, two, even three languages at birth, because of the interactions with the adult.
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Elsa Chahin was born in Mexico City and grew up in both the United States and Mexico, feeling at home with both cultures. She is a RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) Associate, and PITC (Program for Infant Toddler Care) Trainer, working with professionals and parents of babies zero to three. She is a UCLA Certified Lactation Educator; as a Certified Interpreter-Translator, she collaborated in the translation into Spanish of Magda Gerber’s book Your Self Confident Baby and translated and narrated Magda Gerber’s videos “See How They Move“ and “Seeing Infant With New Eyes”, and the audio guide for caregivers.  Elsa is a Certified Teacher of English as a Second Language, passing her Proficiency in English exams at Cambridge and Oxford Universities.  She studied In Budapest, Hungary under the tutelage of Anna Tardos, Dr. Emmi Pikler’s daughter. She has authored several articles and speaks nationally and internationally on the topic of caring for babies with respect.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the Pikler/Loczy Fund USA. Before embarking in her career in infant development, she was a professional ballerina who continues to teach dance to little ones. Above of all, she is a joyous mom!

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