The Many Ways to Be Bilingual, with Christa Jimenez (TGMS 32)
Today on the show, I talk with Christa Jimenez about the commitment she’s made to raise her children to be bilingual. She is living in the US, but she is doing a lot of things to keep her two girls connected with their heritage, since her husband is from Costa Rica. Christa is the founder of the blog Pura Vida Moms. She’s a former Spanish teacher, and she’s also the host of an online vlog called BilingualWe. She and I talk about some of the common methods of teaching children another language and how even learning a few phrases can transform a child’s brain.
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Three methods of language learning:
- Minority Language at Home
- One-parent, One-language
- Situational, contextual
Great quotes from the show:
“Mothering is its own language.”
“Bilingualism is a spectrum. It can look like different things.”
“As soon as kids start hearing a second language…their brain is re-wired in a different way.”
“As far as bilingualism…nothing is too little.”
I hope you gleaned some ideas from this that will inspire you to at least attempt to get some second language exposure in the life of your child. If you want to listen to another episode about language learning and raising bilingual kids, check out episode 26, Bringing Up a Bilingual Child with Rita Rosenback.
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