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  • #73538
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    bambina
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    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.

    #765092
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    due in june
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    Hello, I am Taiwanese and my husband is Irish, so my child will definitely be raised bilingually. I will teach my child to speak Chinese and my child will speak English to my husband.

    #765102
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    My SIL speaks French to their kids and my brother speaks English, their kids are now 5,9 and 11 and they have never had any problems with it.

    #765111
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    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.

    #765195
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    Thats great to hear from so many people. My dh is Italian and I am Irish. I have met/know a few bilingual families. I think that it is such a wonderful gift to give to a child.

    #765213
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    Hi!
    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.

    Best of luck! It is wonderful.

    #765514
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    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.

    #765703
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    Wow miami I am impressed!!! How did you get to be fluent? I wish I could claim to be, but the grammar is so difficult!!!

    #765708
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    Hi bambina, I studied Italian at uni to MA level but I also lived in Italy for three years so that helps :-) and I love studying grammar :-)

    #765748
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    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

    #766052
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    bambina
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    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!

    #766164
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    A diamond
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    HI THERE!
    We are a romanian couple living in iReland fro the past 10years and we have 2 boys now.

    Because we studied arabic language my 2.5year old speaks arabic,romanian and pick up very well English.

    So as long as they are very young they will do it with no problem…..he speaks so much no delay whatsoever…..I love bilingual children they very interesting as they take 2 different cultures on board.

    ladies why dont we organize2meet up with our children its gonna be great fun —-so many languages—-
    let me know if u d like that

    #766214
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    Sounds like fun, but my little bean has a long way to go.
    I am due in October!!!
    Could join you then, if we haven’t emigrated.

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