• Kobe


Regarding the April 2 article “Peers will set pace of language“: The “problem” of raising bilingual children seems to be related to the death of common sense. The simple and obvious solution is to designate different days for each language: Mondays for Japanese, Tuesdays for English, Wednesdays for Japanese, etc. I heard of an American immigrant family who spoke only German or only Russian (the native languages of the parents) on alternate days, using English for all outside communication, thus raising children fluent in three languages and all without benefit of the (unnecessary) guidance of highly-qualified academics. The Filipino parents who raised a child fluent only in Japanese showed an appalling lack of foresight in neglecting their daughter’s future linguistic ability.

barry ward

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