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|View Poll Results: if and when you teach your children reading/writing in your language when different from environment|
|teach reading in my language before primary school in other language||2||11.76%|
|teach reading/writing in my language before primary school in other language||5||29.41%|
|teach reading in my language simultaneously with primary school teaching in other language||0||0%|
|teach reading/writing in my language simultaneously with primary school teaching in other language||2||11.76%|
|teach reading in my language after primary school teaching in other language||2||11.76%|
|teach reading/writing in my language after primary school teaching in other language||2||11.76%|
|do not actively invest in teaching my child to write/read in my language||1||5.88%|
|other (pls specify, am curious)||3||17.65%|
|Voters: 17. You may not vote on this poll|
(cross-posted in the childhood years)
My personal idea is that my child will probably be best taught right now with me at home in a playful way before the 'obligatory' part of primary school starts next year, to be really able to give him the basics of his mother's tongue.
I fear next year it also may be 'too much to handle' or learning simultaneously may mix up some things in both language learning (eg the slightly different alphabet) ?
Good for you for having a truly bilingual child. At this point, my DD speaks the majority language as her preference language, and answers in the majority language when you speak to her in it.
I think this is *extremely* common.
My SIL pretends like she doesn't understand if her LO answers in English.
I think it's really hard to keep this up (esp if you are talking to your DH in English all the time) but it totally works. SIL and BIL have the same deal as DH and I - they live in the US and their shared language is English - but they are very very good about each parent speaking to their DD exclusively in their own other languages.
As a result their DD (she is 5) speaks all three languages quite well right now (though doubtless her English will be leaping ahead of the other two soon).
I was amazed by this bc I didn't really think it was possible for a kid to pick up much of a language when they only heard it spoken by one parent. Looks like it works OK if you are really hard-core about it though, at least in the early years.
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