Over and over, I see parents who are trying to raise bilingual children ask the same question: How can I get my child to answer me in the target language? It seems like parents all across the board, no matter what the target language is or where in the world they live, have the same problem! So, what can we do about it?
Raising bilingual (or multilingual) children requires us to expose our children to many hours of a target language. We can do this through classes, games, apps, stories, but most importantly, through simply having conversations with them. However, do you ever feel like you’re being rude when you’re speaking a different language in front of people (especially friends or guests) who don’t understand it?
You’ve chosen to follow OPOL, MLAH or some combination of the two (for more about that, check out this blog post!), you’re consistent about using the language, you read books, sing songs, and even have games in the target language. But for some reason, you feel like everything just isn’t clicking together for your child? Do you at times wonder if there is anything else you can do?