7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child

December 6, 2008 by Kailani  
Filed under books, reviews & giveaways


This giveaway is now closed. Thank you for your participation.
The winner is Gillian.

I’ve always felt it was important for children to learn a second language especially since we live in Hawaii where there’s such a diverse mixture of cultures.

7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child by Naomi Steiner explores “common myths about bilingualism, explains how the brain learns more than one language, answers frequently asked questions, and reveals an array of bilingual resources available to you and your family regardless of where you live. The book presents common hurdles and provides useful tips for conquering them. It also helps you navigate foreign-language learning opportunities in the public school system and offers concrete advice for handling special situations that can affect bilingual academic progress.”

Being someone who took 4 years of Japanese language in high school and still cannot speak it, I was very interested in what this book had to offer. I really want my girls to learn a second language and feel that it will be beneficial to their future.

This book covers topic such as defining goals, how to become a bilingual coach, predictable obstacles, reading & writing, and adapting to the school environment. It also includes charts and worksheets to help you with your plan of attack and to stay on course.

It was a very easy book to read and to follow along. It gave me some great insight into what’s invovled in rasing a bilingual child and all the ups and downs that come with it. However, in the end I feel that it’s totally worth the effort.

Win it!

I have a copy of 7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child for one lucky winner. To enter:

  • Just leave a comment before midnight, Dec 14th saying what language you’d like your child to learn. That’s it!
  • The random winners will be selected and notified on Dec 15th.
  • The winners will then have 3 days to claim their prize.

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This giveaway is open to everyone world-wide. Good luck!


100 Responses to “7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child”
  1. Stacie says:

    I’d like both my children to learn French since we live in Canada and being bilingual in both official languages is considered an asset when applying for employment.

  2. Gillian says:

    I’d like my three kids to learn Spanish, because the US is increasingly becoming a bilingual English and Spanish country. Even way up north where we leave near Washington’s border with Canada, there are more and more Spanish speakers. It would be great if the kids could grow up to be able to communicate with every one around them.

  3. International Freebies and Contests says:

    I’d love my children to speak French, English and Spanish!

  4. International Freebies and Contests says:

    I am an email sub’.

  5. International Freebies and Contests says:

    I have your button on my sidebar.

  6. susan varney says:

    french there are so many french speaking people throughout certain areas in maine

  7. JC says:

    I am very interested in my children learning Spanish.

  8. Desert Songbird says:

    I want my kids to learn Dutch since that’s my family’s native tongue.

  9. Callista says:

    I wnat my children to learn Spanish. I know a bit of it having learned in school and taught myself but I’m not fluent in it by far. I love Spanish and want them to know how to speak it. I could really use this book!

  10. Desert Songbird says:

    I subscribe via Google Reader.

  11. Callista says:

    I am a subscriber. :)

  12. Callista says:

    I have your button in my sidebar:

  13. Sandy says:

    spanish- its the growing language around here

  14. Sandy says:


  15. Nadia says:

    I’d like my kids to learn French.

  16. Nadia says:

    I’m a suscriber. Thanks!

  17. Anne says:

    I’m in Canada and we are supposedly a bilingual country (English/French) but I think I’d like my grandchildren to learn Japanese! Knowing Japanese seems to be a pre req to a lot of employment!


  18. Anne says:

    I’m a subscriber!


  19. Valerie Mitchell says:


  20. Valerie Mitchell says:

    subscriber :)

  21. Kyle Banderman says:

    I’d like my child to learn Spanish.

    Thanks for the contest!

  22. Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    Spanish is my first choice.

  23. keywestbiscuit says:

    I subscribed! I’m glad I found your site, Islanders Rule!

  24. keywestbiscuit says:

    It’s hard to learn at my age. I live on an island with a large Cuban population and plan on teaching my GD Spanish.

  25. Tweaka says:

    I am bilingual English/Spanish but I want my son to learn Turkish so he can communicate with his grandparents.

  26. Rachel says:

    My husband is fluent is Spanish, and I think that Spanish would be the most useful language to learn. I also love ASL, sign language, and would love for them the know that too. But…..Spanish is my number 1 on the list….

  27. Shannon Baas says:

    I would like to teach her spanish.

  28. Renee says:

    I’d like for my kids to learn Spanish. It was my mom’s first language, but I did not learn it until I was a teenager.

  29. Linda says:

    I would like my son to learn French.I am a subscriber.

  30. christopher h says:

    love them to learn spanish

  31. Robert A. Piacquad says:

    I hope I win the book.

  32. Teresa R says:

    Hi Kailani,
    Thanks for having this giveaway! I would like them to learn French, Spanish, and German, as I do, but I will be home schooling so I could use all the guidance I can find.

  33. David Bertolo says:

    I am teaching my children to multilingual in all the Romance Languages.

  34. Hil'Lesha says:

    Definitely Spanish since my son is half Mexican. :)

  35. sandra kao says:

    i’d love my child to learn spanish

  36. Jenn S. says:

    I would like them to learn Spanish and German.

  37. Alexandra David says:

    I need some advice to teach my kids German in the USA.

  38. Susan C says:

    I would like my grandchildren to learn Spanish because there are many Spanish speaking people here in Oregon. Also, I have to take a year of Spanish to get my degree, and it would be nice to have somebody to learn with!

  39. Abby says:

    We would love for our children to learn Spanish!

  40. Brooke Allen says:

    My daughter was born in Italy so I’d like her to speak better Italian.

  41. willowsprite says:

    What a great giveaway! I would love to be able to teach my son French, but I don’t know how to start.

  42. Maggie M says:

    My two little granddaughters have a bilingual (English/Spanish) Mom and I am happy that she is teaching Spanish to her daughters. I think this book would be very helpful for them. Would make a wonderful Christmas gift. Who knows, maybe I’ll join them :)

  43. Maggie M says:

    I subscribe to your feed by email :)

  44. staceyk says:

    I’d like my children to learn Japanese. Thanks!

  45. staceyk says:

    Also subscribe via google reader. Thanks

  46. Anikka says:

    I would love for my future children to speak Spanish and Chinese. I can teach them basic Spanish after taking advanced Spanish in college. The Chinese however is something I am hoping that schools in our area begin to offer.

  47. Anikka says:

    I also subscribed to your rss feed

  48. Mia F says:

    I’d love to teach the children Spanish.


  49. cheryl pasquier says:

    I am actually raising my children bilingual ! I’m English and I live in France (Daddy is French) and for the speaking part, it’s been plain sailing - each of us speaks our own language all the time and DDs aged 7 and 3 are both bilingual. But now my 7-year-old is learning to read and write, in French at school, and I don’t know what to do to avoid confusing her totally so the English is taking a back seat at the moment on the written side, which is a shame. It would be great if this book had some answers for me for where to go next !!!

  50. cheryl pasquier says:

    I’m a subscriber

  51. Marlene says:

    My daugther is learning English and Spanish at the same time (she is almost 3), my native language is Spanish and winning this book will support her (and me). Thank you for this prize!

  52. Julie says:

    I want my kids to speak Spanish. (We live in New Mexico!)

  53. Julie says:

    I have your button on my blog.

  54. Brandy Rennirt says:

    I would love for them to learn German.


  55. Susan Smith says:

    I would like my kids to learn Spanish.

  56. Julie T says:

    I would love for my daughter to learn Spanish.

  57. Carolyn D. says:

    My children have been taking Italian for three years and are still not fluent. I’d love to be able to move their progress along.

  58. Carolyn D. says:

    I am a subscriber!

  59. Carolyn D. says:

    I have your button on my blog!

  60. Emily A says:

    I would love my daughters to speak arabic. It is a beautiful language and a huge population speaks it in the world, as well as here in Orlando where we live now. Thanks

  61. prplrush says:

    The language that I would love to teach would be german. Thanks for the great contest!

  62. Stephanie B says:

    I love for my 3 to learn Japanese and Spanish

  63. Rosanne M says:

    My grandchildren already hear Spanish in the home as they are of Mexican descent on their mothers side and my sons all had 4 years of Spanish in school but we would like to take a trip to Italy in the future so I think Italian wouldbe something different

  64. Rosanne M says:

    I subscribe via e-mail

  65. Jennifer hedden says:


  66. Carla Pullum says:

    I am German so would love my kids to learn German!

  67. Tobster says:

    We plan to raise our daughter to be bilingual in English and German.

  68. Jaye says:

    I’d love for my children to be bilingual in Spanish. We live in San Diego and a good number of their classmates will speak Spanish as a first (or only!) language, so it’s important for them to speak it, too, so they can communicate with their peers and friends.

  69. Jaye says:

    I’m a subscriber!

  70. Chrysa says:

    My nephew is learning English and Spanish, as well as some Punjabi. I would love to win this book for my sister!

  71. Chrysa says:

    I’m also subscribed to your RSS feed!

  72. Karen says:

    I would like to continue to teach my children Spanish.

  73. sarah b says:

    i would like my child to learn French and Swahili. My husband is from Africa and all the extended family speaks those languages. If he only learns English there will be no way to communicate with them!

  74. Ruthann Rhodes says:

    Want my girls to learn spanish as it would really help them with work when older. Thanks

  75. Jeffrey W says:

    I would actually like my daughters to learn more than just two languages. Currently I have my oldest daughter in a preschool that teaches both Mandarin and English. So, Mandarin is my choice for a second language for both my daughters. Thanks.

  76. Jeffrey W says:

    I am a subscriber. I should also mention that I tried a few times to learn a second language myself and just could not do it.

  77. Julie M says:

    i would like my child to learn spanish as we hope to move there in the next year permanently

  78. Heather C says:

    I’d love for my child to learn her favorite language: Japanese.

  79. Heather C says:

    I subscribe to your rss feed.

  80. Shae says:

    My children are learning Spanish and I would love to learn how to reinforce that with them. I’d love for them to learn to recognize some basic words and ideas in Spanish.

  81. Shae says:

    I subscribe to your feed.

  82. Shae says:

    Your button is on my sidebar

  83. Marcy Strahan says:

    Spanish! Because we often see the spanish shows on tv & think some are so funny! Wish we knew what they were saying!

  84. Lisa J says:

    My daughter is already fluent in Spanish, and I would like to see her learn Japanese as well as Chinese.

  85. Catherine KingChuparkoff says:

    We live in Florida so I would like them to learn Spanish, and German because of our German roots.

  86. Ana says:


  87. LeeAnn P. says:

    My kids attend a French immersion preschool, but I’d like to know how to help their progress along!

  88. Jennifer says:

    I would like my daughter to learn Spanish. She has already learned a little bit from Dora. I am in the process of learning it so that I can teach her more.

  89. Donna K says:

    I would like us all learn Russian.

  90. Donna K says:

    I am a subscriber.

  91. Donna K says:

    I tried to get your button to put it on my blog, but I can’t find the code.

  92. Helen says:

    Spanish & Cantonese.

  93. Char says:

    I want my two girls to learn Spanish. My husband’s family lives in Mexico.

  94. Kimberly @ AllAboutKimberly says:

    I’d love my daughter to learn Spanish.

  95. Kimberly @ AllAboutKimberly says:

    I subscribe to your feed via email

  96. Kimberly @ AllAboutKimberly says:

    Your button is in my sidebar

  97. Janet says:


  98. naomi steiner says:

    Dear Kailani,
    I am delighted that you featured my book “7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child”. A fellow pediatrician, who knew that bilingualism in children was my area of interest, encouraged me to write this book, so that parents could finally get down to earth explanations on how children learn two or more languages. All of the parents on your blog have made great comments, and are one step ahead of the game as they are aware of the importance to raise their children bilingual. I interviewed hundreds of families to write my book and learnt what questions parents had, but also what works best. So I certainly do hope that parents will find their answers in the book.
    Keep up the great work, and have fun,
    Happy Holidays,
    Naomi Steiner, M.D.


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