Posts In Category "Inspiration"

Avoiding Native Language Shame

     -     Nov 7th, 2019   -     Inspiration   -     0 Comments

Sadly, we live in a world steeped heavily in misunderstandings. Despite being increasingly globalized, there are still many barriers language-learners face. As a result, avoiding ridicule for speaking a minority language can be challenging. Understanding that it has as much to do with where you’re learning a language as to when you are, is the […]

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Prepare for Code-Switching

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Code-switching is common. This is when a multilingual child uses multiple languages while communicating in a specific instance (use two or more languages in one sentence, for example). To people not familiar with the language-learning process, it may spark anxiety in them as they fear their kids may be “mixing up languages”. However, there’s no […]

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Know What to Expect

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There are only so many hours in a day, and learning multiple languages at once can have some drawbacks at first that fall away. Your children may experience delayed speech, for instance. Although this does not seem to be fully validated scientifically. As a matter of fact, this may often be a result of stress. […]

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Know Which Languages to Focus On

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Which languages do you choose to expose your children to? When making this decision, you need to take ethnic heritage, economic opportunity, and pragmaticism into account. For Tetsu, this was easy as his parents each spoke a different language, plus, there was a need to learn English for economic purposes and French because he was […]

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Establishing a Positive Language Learning Environment

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Tetsu also knows that language-learning is as much a mindset as it is about exposure. Instead of pushing language on his kids, he makes it a fun experience full of positive reinforcement. Children don’t have the monitor filters that adults have. This allows them to more readily speak a foreign language, making mistakes more often […]

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The Use of Native Speakers

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Another aspect of Tetsu’s effectiveness relies on his use of native speakers. Between trips back to Japan and Taiwan for his family and communication within the family, Tetsu also outsources language exposure through au pairs. By hiring babysitters for his children and asking them to speak to his kids in their native language, Tetsu further […]

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The Critical Period Hypothesis

     -     Nov 1st, 2019   -     Inspiration   -     1 Comment

Tetsu knows first hand that children have the advantage when it comes to language-learning in that they have plenty of time to practice. As we grow older, it becomes increasingly difficult to learn a language due to time constraints from responsibilities, Kids, on the other hand, seem to have all the time in the world. […]

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True Immersion

     -     May 11th, 2013   -     Inspiration   -     5 Comments

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One Person, One Language (OPOL)

     -     May 8th, 2013   -     Inspiration, Tutorials   -     0 Comments

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