In the winter of 2016, I visited Rome for the first time. It took me a bit of effort to locate the flat I booked online. I eventually knocked the door open and started to feel excited about my authentic Italian dinner. A 70ish old Italian opened the door and questioned me in Mandarin “你怎么才来？我等你很久了” which means ‘What took you so long? I have been waiting for you’.
Parents who pick a second language for their children have various reasons to do so. It often comes down to two main areas: practical benefits and emotional benefits. Bilingual children almost universally make positive achievements which would please most parents, enabling these children to better engage with the world.