Judith Danovitch, Ph.D. grew up in New York speaking English, Spanish, and Hebrew. After earning degrees from Harvard and Yale, she became a psychology professor. She teaches child development courses and studies how children think and learn. Her favorite research subject is her own child, who is bilingual in English and Hebrew.
Two years ago, I wrote for Kveller about how I navigated the tricky prospect of teaching my child Hebrew in a house where I was the only Hebrew speaker. I’m happy to report, after a lot of effort…and several visits to Israel, there are now two Hebrew speakers in my home. Unfortunately, teaching my now 4-year-old son Hebrew may have been the easy part. Now I have to convince him to keep speaking Hebrew. Young children pick up languages easily, but as their language and ideas get more complex and they spend… >> Read More
I grew up in New York speaking Hebrew with my Israeli mother and at my day school, Spanish with my Argentinean father and grandparents, and English everywhere else. I enjoyed being able to talk to…lots of people, but it wasn't until I became a developmental psychologist that I fully understood what a wonderful gift my parents had given me. Bilingualism has tremendous benefits, and not just when you are trying to find a bathroom in Tel-Aviv. Bilingual children are better at problem solving, planning, and self-control. A lifetime of… >> Read More