Whenever we are having a challenging day at home with kids refusing to speak Spanish, I like us refocusing on why we do things. Reading inspiring quotes about bilingualism gets us on the right track.
As my kids get older, the reminders to speak the target language are more constant. But it’s so important to remember that raising bilingual kids is a journey, and it should be enjoyed it.
It’s no secret that we shouldn’t impose the target language. Kids are smart and would see the nagging and imposing as a chore. When kids are reluctant to speak Spanish, we should create opportunities where they can feel the need to speak it.
If there is one thing that I have learned is that language learning is a process. It’s a different journey for every child, even between siblings. As parents, the best thing we can do for the difficult days is to respect their breaks while we continue to foster spaces where they are encouraged to us their bilingual skills.
15 Quotes About Bilingualism
Below you will find our collection of inspiring quotes about bilingualism to keep you going in your bilingual journey.
“To have another language is to possess a second soul” – Charlemagne
“Do you know what a foreign accent is? A sign of bravery – Amy Chua
“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” – Frank Smith
“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world” – Ludwig Wittgenstein
“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.” – Flora Lewis
“Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart” – Nelson Mandela
“Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.” -Rita Mae Brown
“A different language is a different vision of life.” – Federico Fellini
“A language is an exact reflection of the character and growth of its speakers.” – Cesar Chavez
“To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.” – Chinese Proverb
“You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.” – Geoffrey Willans
“Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom.” -Roger Bacon
You live a new life for every new language you speak.” – Czech Proverb