While I have a bit to go before my little bundle of joy arrives, I was just wondering if anyone has been thinking of raising their child bilingually or they do already.
It would be great to hear from anyone who will be doing this.
My SIL is Japanese. She speaks to him in Japanese and My brother speaks to him in English. I think that that most parents speak their natural tongue to the child and they learn both without any problem.
I am French and my husband is Irish. I am expecting my 2nd child, our 1st is 3 and 3 months. She speaks fluent English (you will hear a LOT that bilingual kids suffer from speech delay, it is not always true! My DD spoke very early, and hardly ever shuts up lol), she understands French 100% and knows most French words. She tends to reply in English, but if I ask her to do so in French she will say most of the sentence in French.
I spoke French to her since the moment she was born, it is very important. We have books and DVDs, they help a lot.
My DH is Itlian and I am Irish. Our first baby is due in July and we will definitely be bringing him/her up bilingually. We will probably both speak both languages as we are both fluent in English and Italian and at the moment we speak both at home all the time to each other without thinking twice about it. It’s more natural for us to keep speaking the two languages.
It’s just about confidence really. Over 70% of world’s population is bilingual and think nothing of it.
Both DH and I are Irish but we intend to bring our child up bilingually – Irish and English. There are so many resources available to us from naionrai to gaelscoileanna and social events through Irish for teh whole family.
We should all really give it a go as it helps the social, cognative and physical development of any child
There is a great website http://www.comhluadar.ie/ thats dedicated to raising children bilingually – Irish and English. You may have already seen it. I am going to send my children to a gaelscoil. They have a great atmosphere in them.
Miami I am so jealous. All I can aim for is conversational level. I am improving – I hope!