Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.
A few weeks ago, Time magazine put out an article – The Power of the Bilingual Brain.
There are a LOT of things a bilingual brain can do better than a mono-lingual brain.
How many can you name?
Before reading on write down the advantages you can think of.
Ready … now read.
1. better at reasoning – (Ed. You can think noun first then verb and object or start with object and work the other way around).
2. better at multitasking – (Ed. You can talk out of both sides of your mouth in two different languages).
3. better at grasping conflicting ideas – (Ed. Eastern languages and western languages as well as ideas definitely conflict).
4. better at reconciling conflicting ideas – (Ed. Kind of like when an American marries a Chinese. You have to get along or else).
5. work faster – (Ed. zoom zoom)
6. expend less energy – (Ed. Hybrid brains. Brains on solar power. Brains on nuclear power …) .
7. keep their minds working longer – (Ed. After telling mommy in one language, you gotta tell daddy in the other).
8. delay the onset of dementia – (Ed. I was going to write more but I can’t remember what I was writing about now.)
9. have more flexible brains – (Ed. they can touch their toes)
10. have more resourceful brains – (Ed. 6,000 English words + 20,000 Chinese hanzi + 2,000 Japanese kanji + the Slavic languages + Greek + Latin + Hebrew = )
Okay … multilingual brains have a brain up on the single-minded and single tongued.
Better go study.
Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.