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Published on August 9th, 2012 | by Paz


Learning another language 3 books you must read

Learning another language can be confusing, frustrating, and difficult. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be. Learning a second or third language can be fun, exciting, and very rewarding. The expression of language is so powerful. It can help you purchase a cup of coffee, say hello to a new friend, or discuss a possible business opportunity. Teaching your children multiple languages can help them explore the world and communicate with people that they might not otherwise have been able to talk to.

Deciding how you are going to help your child in their learning another language can be a very confusing process. There are so many resources out there. Which one do you buy? Who is right? What is a parent to do?

As we start teaching our 5 and 2 year old their third language we have asked ourselves these same questions and gone through the endless second guessing of ourselves. Here are 3 books I have used to help us in our home. They discuss the process of how children learn languages, and give different suggestions on how you can go about teaching your child their second, third, or fourth language.


In The Bilingual Edge, professors and parents King and Mackey wade through the hype and provide clear insights into what actually works. No matter what your language background is—whether you never passed Spanish in high school or you speak Mandarin fluently—King and Mackey will help you:

    • select the language that will give your child the most benefits
    • find materials and programs that will assist your child in achieving fluency
    • identify and use your family’s unique traits to maximize learning

Fancy private schools and expensive materials aren’t needed. Instead, The Bilingual Edge translates the latest research into interactive strategies and quick tips that even the busiest parents can use.

In Bilingual By Choice, Virginie Raguenaud guides parents on how to introduce a second language to their children. She also provides insights, resources, and activities for raising children that will go on to become bilingual adults. This book is the first of its kind to address bilingualism from the cradle to adolescence. Raguenaud uses practical strategies and techniques for any family or instructor to ensure that kids stay engaged and active in every language available to them. By using creativity, consistency and commitment in the classroom (as well as the living room), teaching children a second language can be fun as well as beneficial.

Raising a Bilingual Child provides parents with information, encouragement, and practical advice for creating a positive bilingual environment. It offers both an overview of why parents should raise their children to speak more than one language and detailed steps parents can take to integrate two languages into their child’s daily routine.

If you only have time to read one book at the moment I would suggest starting with the Bilingual Edge. This book helped me tremendously with some of the basic questions parents have when beginning to help their child learn a second or third language.

Will my child get confused?

Will they experience language delay?

Is pronouciation important?

How can I help when I am not a native speaker? and blah blah blah blah you know all of the questions that you lay awake at night wondering. Well this book will give you the answers you need and help you feel comfortable to take that first step towards bilingualism.

Here is Lupita’s Chinese video where she introduces her family.

As we begin our 5 and 2 year old on their 3rd language we know there will be a few bumps in the road, but we are excited for our journey.

What language do you want your children to learn? Have you already started teaching your child their 2nd or 3rd language? Please share.

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About the Author

Paz is an avid adventurer in life and food. Traveling across the globe with her family they enjoy cultural immersion and checking out the local eateries.

6 Responses to Learning another language 3 books you must read

  1. kirsty says:

    Our kids were bilingual, English/Mandarin from birth but now we don’t live in CHina I’ve found it really hard to keep it up… they’re now both learning Arabic and French and despite the slip in their Mandarin their ease of picking up languages amazes me – any additional languages will always be a bonus to kids – thanks for sharing the books
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    • Paz says:

      I love that your children are now learning Arabic and French. We always have discussions on if Arabic is harder than Chinese. You’ll have to let us know. We have also seen a huge slip in our daughters Mandarin, however as you mention her ability to pick up this third language has been awesome. A lot better than our other adult member of the family. ;) lol

      Thanks for sharing!

  2. As someone who speaks three languages fluently and in order (French, English and Spanish) I can say that parents should make sure their children learn at least one foreign language. Children pick up way faster than adults and grab accents much easier too.

    I’ve learned both of my foreign languages as an adult and even became an interpreter and translator, but I wish I’d learned them when I was a child.

    Thanks you for this post :)
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    • Paz Chentnik says:


      Love that you speak three languages. We completely agree with you that learning at a younger age is so much easier when languages are concerned. So great that you took the challenge and learned both languages as an adult and well enough to become a translator. I am happy at being able to order food in Chinese. ;) Thanks for reading.

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