I have written “we” on purpose because my daughter’s opinion is more important than mine. We differ and she often surprises me with her likes and dislikes. To give you an example, we have quite a plain book among all the others. When writing “plain” I refer to my first impression. My sister-in-law claimed her kids were crazy about it (Maja’s two cousins live in England) which surprised me. There are only three words in the whole book and it’s full of pictures.
This is already the fifth blog entry that sums up Maja’s speech development. It is getting more and more interesting. The results of non-native bilingualism which is sometimes called intentional bilingualism are well beyond my expectation. While browsing the Internet I came across such terms as “artificial bilingualism” or “limited bilingualism” but they have negative connotations to me.
IT’S REAL FUN TO LISTEN TO A 14-MONTH-OLD SPEAKING
I am proud to present the third blog entry summarizing speech development in my little Maja. She has begun saying more new words. You can read about her first words here:
A 13-MONTH-OLD BABY – VOCABULARY
Yeah….a 13-month-old baby and we have a whole set of new words. It seems bilingualism doesn’t cause a speech delay. I have already made a list of Maja’s first words which is to be found here.
To tell you the truth, my baby speaks…”Chinese” most of the time: words, sentences and even whole monologues in her own language. We often have a chit-chat during which I pretend I understand her and give her answers in English. Then, she replies in her own language.
FIRST WORDS – DOES BILINGUALISM CAUSE SPEECH DELAY?
I have heard many times that bilingual children start speaking later than their monolingual peers. On the other hand, Doman claims that showing word cards to kids speeds up their speech development.