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Thanks for both of your responses!
I'm glad to hear the pronunciation this is normal. The weird part is, is that English is certainly her dominant language in the sense that I'm at home with her all day and we live in the US but I wonder if it's also because we sign so much? As in she knows with me I understand her signing perfectly whereas DH doesn't know all the signs and forgets some so with him and other family member she's forced to speak more clearly? I'm sure it'll work itself out eventually...
I actually think that pronunciation is usually clearer with the language that has less outside influences. Like my daughter only hears English spoken by me or the rare movies/cartoons that I choose for her and occasional chats with my family. The Japanese she hears on the other hand is unfiltered--she hears all the local dialects, slang from people around and other children mispronouncing words as well as distorted anime character voices, etc. Whereas if we were living somewhere with more English speakers, I suspect that her pronunciation would be worse/more childlike. My sister's (monolingual) kids on the other hand had awful pronunciation when they were small, but eventually more-or-less outgrew it.
Mama to a bilingual (Arabic/English) and cuddly 3 year old, and planning another peaceful homebirth in June.
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