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Growing Up with Three Languages: Birth to Eleven

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This book is based on an eleven-year observation of two children who were simultaneously exposed to three languages from birth. It tells the story of two parents from different cultural, linguistic, and ethnic-racial backgrounds who joined to raise their two children with their heritage languages outside their native countries. It also tells the children's story and the ...more
Paperback, 217 pages
Published November 6th 2008 by Multilingual Matters Limited (first published January 1st 2008)
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Teresa B.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Eu adorei simplesmente este livro. Dentro do tema, foi o que mais respondeu às minhas questões e preocupações no que refere à educação de uma criança trilingue. Ao escrever esta obra, Xiao-lei Wang focou-se na sua própria formação como linguista, baseando-se em conhecimentos ciêntificos aliados à sua experiência enquanto mãe de duas crianças trilingues.
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lots of very good information and advice. We'll written and organized. And makes you feel normal :)
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was quite useful and I will likely want to re-read parts of it as my child grows. My family situation is different, but the strategies and tips will still apply. Overall, I learned a lot, although I couldn’t help but feel somewhat intimidated toward the end because her example is so specific & I felt that her family had certain advantages that our family will not have (although we will have others). As the author says, the most important is to be realistic about one’s goals, ...more
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Lots of useful advice if you consider raising your kids trilingually. The author is a linguist and also mother of 2 sons that are raised trilingually and this book is mostly a case study / observation of the first eleven years in her sons' lives. The book really was a great help to us in confirming our decision to start a trilingual family, in clearing our doubts and in being aware of the extra challenges that come with trilingualism. The languages the boys in the book learn are Mandarin Chinese ...more
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is full of great explanations on language learning and development in children, supplemented by the examples from the author's family. Moreover, what makes it so great is that it gives parents possible strategies to follow to teach their kids their heritage languages and making it a fun process for the kids as well. I can see it being useful not only for families with 3 languages, but for bilingual as well or families with one language but living in a foreign country. Highly recommend ...more
Alice Chau-Ginguene
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Probably the only one book on the subject matter. I am in similar situation - myself a Cantonese speaker, husband French Canadian and we live in Ireland. We want to know how to deal with the language issue with our baby boy.
Lots of useful advice and I think every trilingual family should buy this book!
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Highly insighful, gave me a lot to think about as a teacher and a future parent.

I especially liked the discussion on the impact of acquiring languages on the child's identity and personality development, which I never really realized until I read this book.
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