Children pick up languages like measles. My daughter was born in North Wales and picked up Welsh from the neighbours kids and her first school. By the time we went to Aberdeen when she was 6, she didn't know which language she thought in. Sadly she lost the Welsh, but retained the ability to learn other languages. She is fluent in French and German now and is thinking of taking up Italian. James her son,was brought up in Germany so was bilingual When he came across to France last year, he was unceremoniously thrust into a French school, where no English was spoken. Of course being only eight, he found no difficulty in communicating with his school mates. He ran rings round his teachers, as over the coming months he didn't let on that he was learning French very rapidly. Now a year later, he is coming home with grades that vary from A's to Ds in all subjects, averaging about C most of the time. His grammar isn't perfect and he hates the curlicues of French cursive because he's lazy. My daughter has spoken to other foreign parents and she says that their children learn languages just as fast.
I wouldn't worry about children learning other languages, it's adults that have the problem.
Posted on: 22/10/2012 at 00:51