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Bilingual: Life and Reality [Kindle Edition]

François Grosjean
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Grosjean shows that we still need to fight against the monolingual mindset that has long tended to categorize bilingual speakers as somehow "different" or unusual. Bilingual: Life and Reality is a useful and very readable contribution to that ongoing struggle...It is worth having at one's fingertips the unpretentiously presented, solidly researched facts and figures in this gentle, humorous, civilized book. -- Mela Sarkar Montreal Gazette 20100604 The personal dimension of the book contributes to its readability and vitality. Grosjean succeeds in impressing on his readers the need to demystify bilingualism and seek ways in which to encourage linguistic diversity. -- Kerstin Hoge Times Literary Supplement 20100716


Whether in family life, social interactions, or business negotiations, half the people in the world speak more than one language every day. Yet many myths persist about bilingualism and bilinguals. Does being bilingual mean you are equally fluent in two languages, or that you belong to two cultures, or even that you have multiple personalities? Can you become bilingual only as a child? Why do bilinguals switch from one language to another in mid-sentence? Will raising bilingual children confuse and delay their learning of any language?
In a lively and often entertaining book, an international authority on bilingualism, son of an English mother and a French father, explores the many facets of bilingualism. In this book, François Grosjean draws on research, interviews, autobiographies, and the engaging examples of bilingual authors. He describes the various strategies—some useful, some not—used by parents raising bilingual children, explains how children easily pick up and forget languages, and considers how bilingualism affects the experience and expression of emotions, thoughts, and dreams.
This book shows that speaking two or more languages is not a sign of intelligence, evasiveness, cultural alienation, or political disloyalty. For millions of people, it’s simply a way of navigating the complexities of life.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Bilingual (Grosjean) 28. Januar 2013
Von Decker
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe|Verifizierter Kauf
Sehr interessantes Buch, gibt viel zum Nachdenken. Der Autor räumt den Begriff des "Bilingualen" auf und schlussfolgert, dass nicht nur die idealen Bilingualen diesen Titel tragen dürfen, sondern all die, die verschiedene Sprachen/Dialekte sprechen - auf unterschiedllichen Niveaus.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Gut erklärt 20. Dezember 2013
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
Das Buch ist einfach geschrieben, so dass es jeder lesen und verstehen kann.
Die linguistischen Phänomene werden gut erklärt und an Alltagssituationen veranschaulicht.
Sehr interessant!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Finally - my brain explained 3. Juni 2010
Von Maddalena - Veröffentlicht auf
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I am bilingual, I learned my second language as an adult. I've had lots of burning questions about my
ability to speak my first and my second language. Mr Grosjean explains it all in a book that I did not want to put down.
Reading the cover of the book I was concerned that it would be too technical, he has written a lot of technical studies. But I was happily mistaken. The book is full of anecdotes and wisdom about being bilingual and raising bilingual children as well.
Having read this book I feel better about myself and my abilities, and I feel like I found my "tribe" - other people who speak two or more languages.

here are some gems from his book:

True: it is easier to swear in your second language

False: Children raised learning more than one language get confused and don't do as well in school.

The book is full of stuff like this. I recommend it to anyone who has ever studied a second language.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Raising bilingual kids? Start with this book. 16. Dezember 2013
Von Cynthia Meyer - Veröffentlicht auf
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Are you raising children with two or more languages? Were you raised in a bilingual environment? Are you a second language learner who is wondering what "bilingual" really means and if you will ever get there? François Grosjean's excellent book debunks many of the myths of bilingualism and gives useful and practical suggestions for multilingual families.

Grosjean's writing style is clear and engaging. The subject matter is well-organized and logical. He shares personal stories which draw in the reader while referring to current research in the field. Bilingual readers will recognize and relate to his description of real life with two or more languages. For parents trying to raise children with more than one language, this book will give them a useful guide to overcoming some of the challenges and the maximizing the blessings of the bilingual path.

I have given this book as a gift to bilingual friends, recommended it enthusiastically to participants in my family language learning workshops and even persuaded my local librarian to order a copy for our town library.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I return to this book over and over 9. März 2014
Von holasoybonnie - Veröffentlicht auf
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I purchased this book as a Spring Break read years ago. As a Spanish teacher, and mother hoping to raise a child bilingually, I return to this book over and over to refresh my spirit and remind myself how amazing our brains are, and how different a bilingual brain is from a monolingual brain!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A brief and very nice read on one of the wonders of the human mind 15. September 2013
Von Emre Sevinc - Veröffentlicht auf
When a retired bilingual professor who knows his field very well takes the reader on a short and friendly tour, the result is a pleasure in many aspects. For me, two major aspects of the book were its explaining and debunking of myths related to bilingualism (and never forgetting the fact that experiencing a new language means experiencing a new culture and way of thinking at the same time), as well as having a dedicated chapter on the bilingualism of children.

The readers who did not know much about bilingualism will gain a lot from this book without having forced to struggle with heavy academic linguistics terminology. Parents who are concerned about the bilingualism of their children will be relieved as Prof. Grosjean explains why many of the myths are problematic or plainly false.

From the beginning to the end, the personal tone of the book made me feel like as if I was in a conversation with an old friend who knew a lot about bilingualism and shared this, as well as his personal experiences, without never intimidating.

If you want a good, non-academic starter for all matters related bilingualism, this book is one of the few I can sincerely recommend.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen dual learning 19. Januar 2013
Von Maria - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
It is comforting to know that learning two languages at the same time from birth does not equal late acquisition. There are so many misinformed people out there, namely monolinguals!
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