New York Times – article on second language learning

Interesting read, from a Chinese speaker and father of bilingual (multilingual?) children.  I love the beginning:

“If a person who speaks three languages is trilingual, and one who speaks four languages is quadrilingual, what is someone called who speaks no foreign languages at all?

Answer: An American”

Read Mr. Kristof’s full article here:  Hay Que Aprender Español. Ranhou Zai Xue Zhongwen

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3 thoughts on “New York Times – article on second language learning

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I chuckled when I read that opening a few weeks ago. I think it’s great that you all are going through an immersion program. How long does it last, as in what’s the highest grade level?

    • This year the school has grades 1-4 and they will add a grade every year until kinder through 8. It is our first year (1st grade) and so far, he’s loving it! Now I need to get motivated to start learning the language as well.

  2. Good luck! Here is how I motivated myself. I said, “self…if you go through with this and dedicate yourself to making sure he is bilingual- do you realize that pretty soon he will pass your abilities in the language?” Oh no! I can’t have a child saying things that I don’t understand so that kicked me in the rear and got me going. I can’t rely on my prior schooling forever.

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