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4 Reasons You Should Raise Kids Bilingual in French

Let’s face it: young kids often go to daycare or preschools where they are taught in local languages or in English. Young kids are surrounded by the local language and there could often be only one parent speaking in French (or any other second language) at home.
Whether you want to raise your kids as bilingual or simply help them reconnect with their French roots, it is important to encourage them to speak in French.
Why? Today I highlight the four reasons why you should raise French bilingual children and I will outline the main benefits in doing so.

01

To Help them Acknowledge the Importance of the French culture

The question is simple here: how can you understand the French culture, if you are not born and raised in a French-speaking country? Through the learning of the French language at home, of course!

A language comes with its culture. Natural questions arise when learning French. We use weird expressions which refer to our history and heritage. By using these expressions, you will naturally need to explain them which is likely to lead to explaining your heritage. It is an important part of the learning experience.

To help them communicate with Family members in French

Learning French as a heritage language helps kids be proud of their cultural heritage. If your kids can speak the heritage language, they will feel more empowered and more connected to their cultural background. I also personally could not imagine my son not being able to communicate with his family in France who cannot speak a word of English.

For him to be closer to them, he needs to learn his mother tongue. This will help him communicate with family members in France while boosting his self-esteem and self-confidence in doing so.

02

03

To Avoid a Cultural Loss

My husband is French-Cambodian. His parents migrated from Cambodia to France before he was born. His mother pushed for the French language to be spoken at home as much as possible. She didn’t want him to have any accent when going to school in France, and she also wanted to learn through her children. Nothing wrong with that approach. However, this resulted in her completely stopping talking to him and his siblings in Cambodian. Fast track 30 years later: he can understand his mother tongue but cannot speak it! This is a real cultural loss which is more common than what we think. Our son will never get to hear a word of Cambodian from his Dad. So, two generations later, there is a huge cultural loss. We are personally on a mission to avoid this with our son. We want him to truly be bilingual in both French and English so that our French culture and heritage can be passed on to the next generation.

Because It’s Fun to Learn!

If you just joined My Little French Club, you will soon find out that my main goal with this blog is to help parents teach French in a fun way. I create fun resources to help our kids grasp the French language without even realizing it. I try to give you tips and tricks to be successful in your teaching journey. Learning French doesn’t have to be complicated at all. Children are children and they learn best when having fun.

I am a true believer of that, and every day I try implementing this motto with my son. Don’t get me wrong, “fun” doesn’t mean “easy”. I am trying to help you as much as possible so that you can focus on the fun part with your child. But with great efforts, come great rewards. The more you speak French to your child, and the more activities you incorporate in French as part of your daily routine, the best results you will achieve. Allez, c’est parti!

04

Stay Committed!

However, the hardest part of this journey is to stay committed; especially when leaving in a foreign country. So, if it’s so hard, why do it?

Below I state the main benefits which for me are enough to justify why I think it is important to keep on going and never give up ?

Teaching French to your kids can greatly benefit their development and helps them understand the French culture.

Multiple studies show that bilingual kids:

  • Enhance their pre-reading skills which in-turn will make it easier to learn to read in French;
  • Find it easier to learn another language (think of your child being multilingual as opposed to bilingual);
  • Expose them to different cultures earlier on which will help them settle into school easier;
  • Empower them which boosts their self-confidence meaning that they are likely to feel better about themselves with higher self-esteem, sense of identity and belonging;
  • Achieve better academic results and will broaden their career opportunities when they’re older (yes, this seems in a far distant future, but it will come around before we know it!).

And let’s be honest, when I yell across the playground in French, heads whip up in surprise. It does feel good to be doing something a little different in our day-to-day lives. I mean, how cool?!?

 

Do you have any other reasons why you are raising your kids as bilingual kids? Or any other benefits you see? I’d love to hear from you below.

Let’s face it: young kids often go to day care or preschools where they are taught in local languages or in English.

Young kids are surrounded by the local language and there could often be only one parent speaking in French (or any other second language) at home.

Whether you want to raise your kids as bilingual or simply help them reconnect with their French roots, it is important to encourage them to speak in French.

Why? Today I highlight the four reasons why you should raise French bilingual children and I will outline the main benefits in doing so.

01

To Help them Acknowledge the Importance of the French culture

The question is simple here: how can you understand the French culture, if you are not born and raised in France?

Through the learning of the French language at home, of course!

A language comes with its culture. Natural questions arise when learning French. We use weird expressions which refer to our history and heritage.

By using these expressions, you will naturally need to explain them which is likely to lead to explaining your heritage. It is an important part of the learning experience.

02

To help them communicate with Family members in France

Learning French as a heritage language helps kids be proud of their cultural heritage.

If your kids can speak the heritage language, they will feel more empowered and more connected to their cultural background.

I also personally could not imagine my son not being able to communicate with his family in France who cannot speak a word of English.

For him to be closer to them, he needs to learn his mother tongue. This will help him communicate with family members in France while boosting his self-esteem and self-confidence in doing so.

03

To Avoid a Cultural Loss

My husband is French-Cambodian. His parents migrated from Cambodia to France before he was born.

His mother pushed for the French language to be spoken at home as much as possible.

She didn’t want him to have any accent when going to school in France, and she also wanted to learn through her children. Nothing wrong with that approach. However, this resulted in her completely stopping talking to him and his siblings in Cambodian.

Fast track 30 years later: he can understand his mother tongue but cannot speak it!

This is a real cultural loss which is more common than what we think. Our son will never get to hear a word of Cambodian from his Dad. So, two generations later, there is a huge cultural loss.

We are personally on a mission to avoid this with our son. We want him to truly be bilingual in both French and English so that our French culture and heritage can be passed on to the next generation.

04

Because It’s Fun to Learn!

If you just joined My Little French Club, you will soon find out that my main goal with this blog is to help parents teach French in a fun way.

I create fun resources to help our kids grasp the French language without even realizing it. I try to give you tips and tricks to be successful in your teaching journey.

Learning French doesn’t have to be complicated at all. Children are children and they learn best when having fun.

I am a true believer of that, and every day I try implementing this motto with my son. Don’t get me wrong, “fun” doesn’t mean “easy”.

I am trying to help you as much as possible so that you can focus on the fun part with your child. But with great efforts, come great rewards.

The more you speak French to your child, and the more activities you incorporate in French as part of your daily routine, the best results you will achieve. Allez, c’est parti!

Stay Committed

However, the hardest part of this journey is to stay committed; especially when leaving in a foreign country. So, if it’s so hard, why do it?

Below I state the main benefits which for me are enough to justify why I think it is important to keep on going and never give up ?

Teaching French to your kids can greatly benefit their development and helps them understand the French culture.

Multiple studies show that bilingual kids:

  • Enhance their pre-reading skills which in-turn will make it easier to learn to read in French;
  • Find it easier to learn another language (think of your child being multilingual as opposed to bilingual);
  • Expose them to different cultures earlier on which will help them settle into school easier;
  • Empower them which boosts their self-confidence meaning that they are likely to feel better about themselves with higher self-esteem, sense of identity and belonging;
  • Achieve better academic results and will broaden their career opportunities when they’re older (yes, this seems in a far distant future, but it will come around before we know it!).

And let’s be honest, when I yell across the playground in French, heads whip up in surprise. It does feel good to be doing something a little different in our day-to-day lives. I mean, how cool?! ?

 

Do you have any other reasons why you are raising your kids as bilingual kids? Or any other benefits you see? I’d love to hear from you below.

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