In the five years since this blog began, there have been a total of 2,936 comments.
Since comments are one measure of a blog post’s popularity among readers—and since I was curious to study this myself—today I offer a list of the 10 articles that have generated the most comments (excluding the giveaways).
Along with the articles themselves, I highly recommend reading the comments, too. The truth is, I’ve learned a tremendous amount over the years from these comments and through my exchanges with others, and this has helped both broaden and sharpen my thinking on the subject of raising bilingual and multilingual children. (The same is true of my forum, The Bilingual Zoo, which now has 791 threads and 5,442 posts.)
And, of course, feel free to add your comments to this blog, too. I try my best to respond helpfully to each one.
1. 143 comments
My Best Tips for Raising Bilingual Kids
50 tips, running over 6,000 words, with a free PDF of the whole thing, and a set of videos, too.
2. 127 comments
What to Do When Your Bilingual Child Won’t Speak Your Language
Activating a child’s passive language ability requires addressing the two “core conditions” of exposure and need.
3. 89 comments
What Language Should I Speak in Public with My Bilingual Child?
Be careful that your use of the majority language doesn’t undermine your greater goal for your child’s development in the minority language.
4. 54 comments
What’s the Best Language Strategy for Raising Bilingual Children?
There are various approaches to raising bilingual children. Which one is best for your family?
5. 48 comments
Warning to New Parents Who Dream of Raising a Bilingual Child
Raising a bilingual child often demands more time, energy, and expense than many new parents originally imagine.
6. 34 comments
“I Want to Be Bilingual”: Letter from a Newborn Baby
Here I am! Your new baby! I’m pretty darn cute, right? I know you’re surprised to see this letter. You didn’t expect me to arrive with a special delivery, did you?
7. 34 comments
Secrets of a Successful Homework Routine, Part 1
To nurture literacy in the minority language, a regular homework routine is essential. In this post (from February 2013) I share the details of our own homework routine.
8. 33 comments
How Many Hours Per Week Is Your Child Exposed to the Minority Language?
Exposure to the target language is vital for advancing our bilingual aim. Have you made a concrete count lately?
9. 32 comments
Interview with a Father Raising a Bilingual Child with Autism, Part 1
Eugene Ryan, a university teacher and researcher studying bilingualism and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), shares his personal story.
10. 30 comments
How Many Books Do You Have In Your Home?
Research shows a strong relationship between the number of books in the home and a child’s language development and ability.