Education, Skills and Learning

Why it’s okay for bilingual children to mix languages

An exit sign printed in English and French is seen in front of the White cliffs of Dover, at the Dover ferry terminal, Britain February 20, 2016. Stand on top of the white cliffs of Dover on a clear day and you can see the French coast and the constant traffic of ferries crossing the Channel, binding Britain and Europe through the flow of people and goods. Seen through many British eyes, the famous cliffs conjure up a different vision, that of a fiercely independent island nation with a nearly thousand-year history of repelling would-be invaders from the continent just 33 km (21 miles) away. The tension between these two facets of British identity goes a long way to explain the country's tetchy relationship with the European Union, which will come to a head in a looming referendum on whether to withdraw from the bloc. Photograph taken on February 20, 2016.  REUTERS/Phil Noble

It could help with their linguistic ability and creativity. Image: REUTERS/Phil Noble

Chisato Danjo
Lecturer in Japanese and Linguistics, York St John University
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