“The limits of my language are the limits of my world.” / “Die Grenzen meiner Sprache bedeuten die Grenzen meiner Welt.”Ludwig Wittgenstein
The many benefits of learning languages are undeniable. As the world globalizes, being bilingual, trilingual, or multilingual is beyond doubt. Learning languages open a world of many opportunities, whether it’s professional, personal, or just to communicate with a vast of people; it’s endless.
My kids are bilingual – truly bilingual. You must be thinking, “Hey, most of us could speak more than one language. What’s the difference?” You’re right. We’re all bilingual or multilingual in one way or another.
What I mean by truly bilingual is they are not spoken or taught one language at a time at home. But simultaneously (English and German) since they were born. I myself speak four languages, but I learned them throughout my life and I still do. However, I was brought up speaking only English.
So, you’ve read about the advantages of bilingualism and decided to raise your children bilingually. Here’s an honest truth. Teaching bilingual kids can be challenging, confusing, and yet, rewarding. The advantages they’ll reap in the future are endless and they’ll thank you for it. 🙂
It wasn’t something we planned to do. I wasn’t even thinking about the word bilingual and the whole concept of ‘bilingualism’. It just happened. My husband is an Austrian, so he speaks German. And I’m a Malaysian, brought up speaking English at home. And if you do not know about Malaysia, we are a melting pot of various races and therefore, we speak different languages. With that being said, we understand each other very well and even able to speak each other’s language. As for me, I speak English, Malay, Chinese (very basic), and of course German as I’m currently living in Austria.