Raising a child to speak two languages doesn’t always go according to plan.
For example, your preschooler can speak and understand her mother tongue, yet, she doesn’t speak it – when you talk to her in Mandarin, she insists on replying in English.
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No matter how much you encourage her to use Mandarin, she just won’t. Her attitude upsets and frustrates you because you are rightly proud of your mother tongue.
However, there are many possible explanations for her refusal, says child psychologist Dr Richard C. Woolfson:
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Text: Young Parents / Additional reporting: Natalya Molok