Book Review : Be Bilingual
Travel often involves exposure to different accents and languages. To me, this is the amazing soundtrack of travel. The sharp, melodic, brisk, and lazy sounds of different languages. But what if you wanted to take it one step further? Growing up there was a beautiful little girl down the block. Her dad was Italian, her mom was French, and she grew up speaking a French/Italian/English blend at home as neither parent was fluent in the others’ language. I remember listening in awe to her mom’s brisk French at playdates and wishing I could understand those foreign sounds. Be Bilingual is an amazing resource about raising a bilingual children in today’s world. We were lucky to get a chance to read it and offer you a review.
Be Bilingual is a fascinating look at the world of raising bilingual children. Part anecdotal, well researched and entirely informative; Annika Bourgogne puts her Master’s Degree, passion for bilingualism, and years of experience to good use in this amazing resource. This book is full of informative background, clear explanations of methods, and practical how-tos. Bourgogne easily dispels the myths about bilingualism and then launches into the practicalities for setting goals for your family. She uses research, experience, and expert advice to make a complex field accessible for families. Every piece of the first section is fascinating and clearly written and the second part, full of ideas for putting ideas into practice, is at least equally as useful. It lays out practical ideas regardless of your chosen approach and ways to reinforce the minority language. She also offers troubleshooting ideas for various common situations. Comforting, articulate, and thoughtful, if you have every considered raising a bilingual child, this has everything you need to get started.
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