The Benefits of Being Bilingual

Two of my siblings married people whose native language was not English. One was French. The other Spanish. The French-speaking mom spoke French to her children when they were young and they grew up bilingual. The other mother did not and the children know very little Spanish.

Some people think that exposing your children to two languages may inhibit their academic growth. But studies, including this one, discussed in this article on Wired.com refute that.