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Sometimes. But experts say the delay is temporary, and by about age 5, most bilingual children are fluent in both languages.
"There's often a slight lag in the development of both languages in a bilingual household. Over time, though, bilingual children can catch up with their peers and have the benefit of communicating in two languages with proficiency," says Patti Hamaguchi, author of Childhood Speech, Language, and Listening Problems: What Every Parent Should Know.
In the long run, the advantage of knowing two languages offers big benefits. Fluency in more than one language can open many doors, especially in the professional world. It also creates opportunities for education, travel, communication with older relatives, and so on..