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FACTS AND MYTHS ABOUT RAISING BILINGUAL CHILDREN

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There is no denying that Thailand has become an increasingly bilingual environment, to a certain extent. Most signs and labels are written in both Thai and English, and public announcements, whether on the skytrain or at department stores, are made in both languages. 

But the average English score of Thai students in the national university entrance exam or an average Thai's ability to communicate in English might say otherwise.

Most Thais are still not confident enough to use English, and chalk it up to an ineffective education system. Meanwhile, a great number of international, bilingual and English-programme schools have mushroomed over the past decade, and a lot of parents are now speaking English to their children.

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