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I am not a native French speaker (but went to school in French) so it has been occasionally a struggle for me. Having clear rules has been very, very helpful in staying on track.
I'm so impressed that your DS is natively francophone without a natively francophone parent and living in a non-francophone country. Wow. Kudos to you for a super job.
My wife and I are trying to raise a bilingual child but are having trouble setting the easy rules for ourselves to follow. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I am a native Spanish and English speaker. My wife is a native English speaker but is fluent in Spanish. We live in NYC where there are plenty of community opportunities to speak both - including my family, who only speak to each other in Spanish.
We've thought about speaking to our son only in Spanish at home and code-switching as socially necessary. For example, when my in-laws visit, we speak in English.
But, does that eliminate English-language television and read alouds at home?
Do you think we should continue speaking in Spanish while outside on the street? Or, should we switch to English outside to match the majority language of the community?
Can we cheat on occasion and speak to each other in English?
Texmati-- Knitter, Hindu, vegetarian, WOHM. Wife to superdad and mom to DS 24 months, and DD 8 months! .
One parent and one language is the best solution. We are raising our kids tri-lingual and it's working great without any effort. I speak Swedish only with the kids, wife only Spanish (from Mexico), and I speak English with my wife. I speak Swedish, English, GErman and Spanish and wife speaks English, Spanish and Swedish.
Kids are now 4 and 6.5 and both speak all three languages. English is not as great as the other which is no issue since it's such and easy language and the kids will learn it it no time at all.
Spending time in a different surroundings is of great help. We did for example spend two months in Mexico in March-April and this is always great for the kids (and me:-))
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