Speak your home language with your child whenever you can! It can actually HELP them learn English and other subjects and it connects them to your culture. Your child’s success begins at home – with you!
For English learners, continuing to speak their home languages helps them learn English!
More than 1 in 5 people (21%+) speak a language other than English at home – and that percentage is rising!
Bilingualism is a brain advantage. Research shows multilinguals to be more creative and better at planning and complex problem solving, when c ompared to monolinguals.
Research shows that children who have a strong foundation in their home language more easily learn a second language. That means speaking Vietnamese, Arabic, or Somali at home can actually HELP you learn English!
People who speak more than one language are in high demand in the job market,and there is evidence multilinguals may even earn more money just for having this additional skill.
This post was written by OneAmerica Intern and Leader Yvette Maganya I came to the US from the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) at the age of seven. As a new immigrant, I experienced many challenges around how to increase my proficiency in English while maintaining Swahili, my home language, so that I could continue to communicate with my family here and abroad. Around the world, more than half of people – estimates vary from 60 to 75 percent – speak at least two languages. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (the DRC), there are an estimated 242 languages that [...]
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