Bilingual is Better

Simona Montanari, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Child and Family Studies at California State University in Los Angeles. She is the department’s expert in early multilingual development and has a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Southern California. Simona is Italian and she’s also a mommy to trilingual daughters aged 3 and 4 1/2. In addition, she conducts a workshop titled: “How to Raise a Bilingual Child” in the LA area.

Questions answered

Ask An Expert: Will Reading to My Daughter in English Affect the OPOL Method?


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Ask an Expert: Can My Child Be Fluent In 3 Languages & Attend an Immersion Program?

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Ask an Expert: Is it Time to Switch to Another Method?


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Ask an Expert: How Can Monolingual Parents Raise a Bilingual Child?

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Hi, my husband and I are both monolingual but would like our daughter (27 months) to learn another language. WeRead More ...

Ask an Expert: Should I be concerned about my daughter’s “academic” English?

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“Hola! My husband and I have only spoken in Spanish to our 3 year old daughter Carolina. She is usedRead More ...

Ask an Expert: Is Chinese immersion a good idea for bilingual Spanish-English kids?


“My husband is a native Spanish speaker. I’m a native English speaker. We both speak each other’s language, although I’mRead More ...

Ask an Expert: Will my daughter lose her English skills over the summer if she has little exposure to it?


We are a Russian-speaking family and my 2.5 year old daughter goes to an English-speaking daycare. She is bilingual, althoughRead More ...

Ask an Expert: My youngest child is having a hard time communicating in the minority language.


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Ask an Expert: What should I do if my daughter’s Spanish is better than her English?


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Ask an Expert: We Don´t Speak Spanish, but We Want Our Child to Learn


This post was originally published on May, 11th 2009. Today’s question was sent by Jasmine Caruthers. She’s pregnant with herRead More ...

Ask an Expert: What to do if my child mixes languages?


This week´s Ask an Expert question was sent by Gloria, who’s expecting her first child. “Hi there! I am happyRead More ...

Ask an Expert: Does Baby Sign Language Help Second Language Acquisition?


Yesterday Roxana kicked off the week with an introduction to a four-part series we’ve prepared on baby sign language, orRead More ...

Ask an Expert: How to Raise a 
Child from an English Speaking Home to Speak Spanish?


Recently we have received several emails and comments from English-speaking parents who are serious about giving their children the giftRead More ...

Ask an Expert: One-Parent-One-Language from Birth?


Hard to believe it’s barely been two months since we launched SpanglishBaby.  In such a short time we’ve connected withRead More ...

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