BRINGING UP BILINGUAL CHILDREN: THE BEST WAYS OF PASSING ON CULTURAL IDENTITY
Growing up in a bilingual household offers a gateway not only to another culture, but even to a different persona, believes Simonetta Wenkert. But, as she discovers, the children of immigrants don’t always see it that way
“How did you learn such good English?” asked the woman in the chemist. Her question threw me, though in truth it is not the first time strangers have questioned my accent. I was born here, like many Londoners, to foreign parents, in my case, an Austrian father and an Italian mother. I was educated in the UK; and in spite of my name, was never taken for anything but British as I was growing up.
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