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3.5 yo DS speaks 90% Danish, with 10% english mixed in, and 99% Danish at daycare. I speak to him in english, and he replies back in danish. If he learns a new english word from me, he will use it, but usually only until DH tells him the danish, and then he switches to that.

17 month DD speaks 50% of each - totally mixed together. For example, tonight she said "Bamba spiser cake" (teddy bear eating cake). "mere cookie" (more cookie). She says Nej (no) in danish but Yes in english. I wonder if she will switch to all Danish like DS did, or I hope, end up speaking english with me.
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DD1 speaks probably about 75% English and 25% Swedish. She speaks 100% English at school and daycare and with me - and when out other places around here. She also speaks nearly 100% Swedish with dh - she will use an English word if she doesn't know what it is in Swedish. She is now almost 6, at 3.5 she was more like your ds and hardly spoke any Swedish even though dh spoke only Swedish with her (we are in Canada, so Swedish is the minority language)

DD2 speaks about 90% English and 10% Swedish. For a while she used almost no Swedish, but she is starting to use more Swedish words - many times she will use whatever word is easier to say if she knows both.

We will be in Sweden for 2.5 weeks in June, and dh is hoping that the girls will pick up a lot more Swedish while we are there, and they probably will, since the only English they will hear will be coming from me. DD1's Swedish really improved when we were there for Christmas in 2006.
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We will be in Sweden for 2.5 weeks in June, and dh is hoping that the girls will pick up a lot more Swedish while we are there, and they probably will, since the only English they will hear will be coming from me. DD1's Swedish really improved when we were there for Christmas in 2006.
I bet it will. When we visited the states 2 years ago, DS english went way up (at least for a few weeks.)
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I have no clue! At home, DD speaks probably 80% Spanish, 10% English, 6% Toddlerese, and 4% ASL. DH and I speak to her in Spanish, but she gets English all day at daycare. With us, there are several words that she knows in English and Spanish, and she sometimes uses both. At school, I think she speaks a lot more English, but I don't really know the full extent of her English vocabulary because she doesn't use it at home with us. She's only 22 months, so I'm sure she'll change a lot over the years.

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