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Language learning and children


Cassia Testa
14th October 2017 at 00:07

I’m experiencing this right now: we moved to the UK last year, with two children (6 and 3 years). The older son was able to speak English in 3 months (it really surprised me!). The younger daughter has just started going to Nursery, and her vocabulary has improved visibly. At home we speak only our native language (Portuguese, and they insist to watch cartoons and films only in Portuguese). Their learning is being natural, no one is forcing them. We are planning now to learn Italian and spend another holiday in Italy soon!!

    Carole Hallett Mobbs
    14th October 2017 at 13:07

    How wonderful! Kids are amazing, aren’t they?

14th October 2017 at 19:44

It might be wise to point out that even though a child in a local school might learn conversational language in “a few short months,” it may take many years for them to be able to fully comprehend the academic language of the classroom, depending on what age they start. It can be frustrating for parents who hear a child speaking fluently to understand why their child is struggling with their studies.

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