|View Poll Results: Were your bilingual dc late talkers?|
|No--always right on par with most peers||8||22.86%|
|Yes--but caught up at around 18 months||2||5.71%|
|Yes--but caught up at aroun 2 years||4||11.43%|
|No--they were always ahead of their peers verbally||12||34.29%|
|Voters: 35. You may not vote on this poll|
The old belief was that bilingual children tend to talk later than monolingual children; however, most of the recent research that I've seen demonstrates that this isn't true.
And yet, anecdotally, some of the bilingual families I know do claim that their children started talking later than their monolingual peers.
I would say that my dd was a bit of a late talker--almost no real words at 18 months, and then a very sudden and dramatic langauge explosion. At this point, I would actualy say that she is verbally more advanced than most of her peers, so she did catch up quite successfully. Despite the research, it just seems that this IS a rather common pattern for bilingual children.
So what about your bilngual lo's?
DS was behind, even behind at 2 years. Now at 3.5 his vocabulary is OK, but probably still less than the average 3.5 yo. Additionally, he has severe ear infections, was almost completely deaf between age 1 and 2. He now has his 5th ear drain, and hears OK (we think).
DD is ahead, but I wouldn't say "always" been ahead, as she is only 18 months. She has a few hundred or more words, simple 3-4 word sentences....
|I voted other. (you need multiple choice, for siblings.)|
DH DS1(5) DS2(2)
I had to put other as I don't know when he'll catch up. He's closer to average now, though, than he was at 12 months.
DD chatters a lot though, and is really good at communicating, She's just not using many words in English or Italian yet.
-- Wife to a Wonderful Husband and Pianist -- 27 March 2003
My second DS just turned two and he is speaking both languages pretty well, I think. He hasn't figured out WHO in his world speaks which language, but he will switch over to the language that seems to be "in use" in any situation we're in. I think they're so smart!
haydi (let's go)
abba (for abla--older sister)
O ne! Ne o! (what is it?)
meeeeeiiiiiaaaaaaaooooowwwww (our cat is in heat)
cici (said when you're supposed to be petting something/someone nicely, softly)
Sometimes he says a few other words, but not with any regularity. Most of what he actually says is Turkish, but he clearly understands both languages and will follow commands in either--as much as any toddler follows commands anyway.
My own personal experience has shown me that this is more of an individual thing. Generalizations are dangerous when it comes to people.
"One can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." - Plato
Momma to DD (12/04) and DS (11/09) .
I survived 16 mos! Ask me about breastfeeding a baby with posterior tongue tie, high palate, and weak oral motor skills- whew!
Three big girls (10) + (almost 9!);
One little boy (6) and a full on toddler (8/12) born with TAPVR (repaired at 6 days old).
Late talker here and did not catch up by age 2 (not by a longshot). He is not on par with other kids his age in French (speaking it--he understands it fine), but he is making steady progress. He can express himself very well in English but still has some sounds we're working on (just on our own, not with any speech therapy).
My DS is also a visual-spatial learner so I don't think it's only due to bilingualism.
My middle child has been talking well for quite awhile. He completed sentences much earlier and with more clarity than my oldest. I'd say he's even a little advanced for his age group except he slurs a couple of his letters (or "wedderth" as he'd say).