For all the advantages they have, bilingual kids—or their parents, perhaps—must contend with a lot of myths about their ability to speak two or more languages. Those of you who have read some of my writings—and I thank you—know that I am sold on language-learning and bilingualism, and that I never tire of expounding their benefits. Yet I hear and read daily all kinds of downright idiocies about this subject from monolinguists, one-language-only speakers, who expound on the detriments of raising bilingual kids. Maybe when these monolinguists hear the sounds of a foreign tongue they feel threatened… yet they manage to mangle their own language, mistreat it, mispronounce it, destroy it. But since it is their mother tongue, they feel free to do whatever they want with it, and especially to defend it from “foreign” means of communication.
One-language-only speakers create myths and tell untruths about bilingual kids and spread them wide, as if they were forest fires, to members of the group. Let me tell you about five myths, false notions, they have honed in order to undermine the benefits of raising bilingual kids.