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Mom to DS(8), DS(6), DD(4), and DS(1). "Kids do as well as they can."
my family lives at greece (i am greek so i speak greek) and my husband is from congo and he speaks french.my baby(17m) has a month now that speaks several words in greek. but i want introduce her also at the french language. how can i begin and when? do you have any ideas?
Ok, so what if OPOL is not really an option? My dh is Chinese and we would like our children to speak Cantonese as well as English (and possibly Mandarin as well). DH doesn't speak Cantonese well (he can understand more than he can speak) and wants to become fluent. I would like to learn as well (if I can figure out how to get my white girl tongue around the seven different tones of the Cantonese dialect...but that's a rant for another time. ) Is it totally going to confuse our kids if we're trying to learn the language with them?
Hi there Katerina-
I speak English and Spanish. My dh speaks only Spanish. My dd speaks SPanish, French and is now learning English.
I tried to speak only English to my ds while living in Mexico but it usually came out as a mix of both languages. Now that we're here in the States, I speak to him mainly in Spanish, but it is still a mix.
I don't mix the languages in the same sentence and often repeat the same sentences in both languages. I'm happy to say that my ds is quickly becoming bilingual and seems to intuit who speaks which language.
I think that you will find the rhythm that works best for you. Kids soak up languages like sponges and will be able to tell them apart with time.
Best of luck!
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