Our country is one of the few where most people only speak one language, these parents are changing that. Their children will benefit. - - Donna Poisl
PARENTS ARE ENCOURAGING BROADER FLUENCY FOR KIDS
by WILFREDO LEE
MIAMI - One-year-old Alice Di Giovanni asks for "banane," not banana, when she's in the mood for one. She'll bid you farewell with a "ciao." And if she wants more, she says "mas."
The Miami toddler is one of an increasing number of Americans living in homes where a language other than English is spoken, and her parents want her to learn as many languages as she can. So her Polish-Canadian mother speaks to her in French, her father in Italian and her Honduran nanny in Spanish.
"She kind of mixes these things, but I know she understands all three languages," says mom Anna Manikowska.
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