Saturday, January 12, 2019

Can a Child Learn a Foreign Language without obtaining full competency in First language

بچے کی زہنی نشو نما و خود اعتمادی کا گلا گھوٹنا ہو تو اس کو "پہلی زبان" پر دسترس ہونے سے قبل انگریزی زبان کے جبر میں قید کر دیں
From omer Dossani
Actually kids can learn multiple languages early in life a lot easier than later. But the downside is often that they take longer to speak.  Girls tend to do better than boys. I learned to speak two and understand a third language all before 3
Ans
the advantage of parents knowing multiple languages and sharing them with children will ONLY accrue after the child has obtained "full" competency in at least the "first" language in which parents, Grand parents, uncles, aunts, extended family, neighbors converse. By full competency i mean the child can understand a joke, crack a joke, relate a hilarious (make believe) experience that will make family members or friends burst out with laughter. Once a child has this level of competency in first language, then competency in any other language is a piece of cake. Without this level of competency in first language, gaining full competency in any other language is wishful thinking.

پہلی زبان
First language is the language in which the child opens his eyes and hear his parents speaking. It is the language with which the child learns to interact with parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, neighbors and friends. Articulation of thoughts into words and sentences is a complex learning. Then development of verbal skills to express abstract and complex ideas and learning to crack jokes and appreciate humor are the most difficult skills. Once a child has reached this state, learning any other language is a piece of cake

From omer Dossani
Irfan, servents spoke Bengali, grandparents spoke Katchi mother and father spoke 40% Urdu and 60% English. So I cannot relate to what you are saying but maybe you are correct.  From the research done by TCF in Pakistan they strongly stand behind their committment to stick to Urdu as the medium of instruction based on research that shows that kids learn best in their native language and so far their students are doing well
Ans
Omer Dossani: Articulation of complex ideas requires complex linguistic skills. The added pressure of not having enough verbal skills in a foreign language, stultifies expression of complex ideas, destroying self confidence and impedes mental development. Once  complex verbal skills are fully developed in the first language, the child gains confidence to tackle any other language. Eg Schools where speaking in English is must, and the child is being bullied, the child is afraid and hesitant in complaining because the teacher will scold him for speaking wrong English instead of patiently trying to understand child's grievance. The child's emotions get strangulated and destroys his self confidence

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