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Old 11-24-2008, 07:02 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My daughter is 15 months old, and I speak to her only in Spanish and my husband speaks to her only in English. Well, we are currently living in Italy and we would like for her to attend nursery school when she turns 2. She really has no exposure to the Italian language other than when we go places, or visit my husband's cousins (which is once in a while) most of our associations are with Americans. I'm trying to decide if I will confuse her even more by introducing Italian at the age of 2. We will be returning to the US when she turns 3 1/2. What do you think?
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:26 AM
 
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I would say to go ahead and do it. My kids speak English with me, German with dh, and French at school and with their friends in the neighborhood. They're totally fine with it.

Even if you're not planning on staying for more than 2 years, she'll file away all those sounds and vocabulary in her brain and later on, if she chooses to learn italian, she'll have an easier time with the accent.
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