European Mama: Debunking multilingual language delay
Why are multilingual children expected to have a language delay? Having raised two trilingual daughters, Olga sets out 10 reasons why this multilingual myth persists.
"Your child has a language delay."
"Your child's language development is too slow."
"She/he should talk more."
If you're raising a bilingual or multilingual family, chances are you have heard some variation of the above. But why do doctors/nurses/daycare nannies/family members continue to think this? Having raised two trilingual daughters, I came up with a few reasons of why this multilingual myth persists.
1) Because it is a very persistent myth.
Everybody has heard it at least once, so everybody repeats it, thus becoming a 'truth' – whether it is true or not. It's surprising nobody questions it, even though the theory that multilingualism causes language delay has long been debunked.
2) Because they don't understand all the language
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