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Alex Housen, linguistics professor at the VUB, explores the pluses and minuses of growing up speaking more than one language. He sees many benefits. “Bilingual kids quickly realise that words are mere symbols that differ from language to language – compare butterfly to papillon to Schmetterling – and that’s already a form of abstract awareness that will spill over into other cognitive domains.” But professor Housen also mentions that you should not mix languages with young children. “Keep it to one person or situation, one language.” It is important to avoid confusion. Read the full article on