This is the second post in a series of posts about bilingualism.
Like other skills, each child develops linguistically at different rates. This simple fact still holds true when two languages are involved.
Some milestones to look for in bilingual children include:
- First words by the age of 1 (ex. Mama/dada)
- Two word phrases by the age of 2 (ex. My juice)
- The above two milestones are common to both bilingual and monolingual children.
- Specific things to note for bilingual children include the fact that they may from time to time mix up grammar rules or words from the two languages they are learning. This is normal and they will eventually work it out as they continue to practice the languages.
- Another thing to consider for bilingual children is the “silent period” this is a period of time in which children may not talk much. This is also normal and will go away.