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My bilingual 13 year old daughter refuses to speak the school language

asked 2015-11-07 05:14:04 -0500

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We live in Sweden. My dd is bilingual Swedish/English and she is refusing to talk Swedish in school, stating there is too much in her head to formulate Swedish. Is this a faze or should I be worried?

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answered 2015-12-05 05:47:55 -0500

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It's very common for bilingual children to start refusing to use one of the languages when they become adolescents. For example, a dissertation on Navajo bilinguals about 10 years ago found that the most common reason Navajo parents cited when asked why they don't speak Navajo with their children was that at a certain age the child began to answer them only in English and spoke only English with their friends.

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