I believe that TOO MANY languages can make it difficult for the child to learn the languages perfectly, so maybe it would be wise to focus on maybe 2 langauges at the time.
Very true. A friend of mine once babysat this five year old boy whose parents met in university here. They spoke 5 different languages between them with English in common. No one could understand the kid except his parents because he knew a whole bunch of vocabulary but used the words from all five languages (Spanish, German, Arabic and something else that I forget) using the English grammatical structure. He would ask for things like " Spanish Arabic mystery language Arabic German Spanish, please?" and they had to sort him out.
That depends on who the mother will be... if she's mexican, obviously their mother language will be spanish (well, perhaps they'll learn nahuatl or maya). But, as I plan to live somewhere else, the mother may be european, asian or even african... 'cause the countries that I'm interested in are Germany, Finland, Mozambique, Angola, Taiwan and Singapore... and then they'll learn mine and their mother's languages...
Of course they'll learn also at school the languages they need/want to study...
My husband speaks french most of the time with our son, I speak probably 70% in english and the rest in mandarin. He has easily picked up all 3 languages, he might not be fluent yet but he does use a lot of everyday words in all 3. It's really nice to that he can communicate with my in laws because they know very little english. I will probably have him continue learning mandarin more when he is older by after school program since my writing skills are bad I haven't written in characters in years. My husband is pretty good at teaching him french so we just go with the flow. He's also learned some Spanish from his pre-school which I had no idea they were teaching, he just started to count in Spanish and I was like, what the???
I suppose this will all be long over in 5-10 years, however it'd be interesting to see how that all goes given the stuff I've read on not over-burdening infants with languages. Then I can make my decisions based on that
It depends on a host of factors for me.
I'm beginning to think though that my partner has to speak English either as a mother language or impeccably. I've had relationships through language barriers and without. Whilst I've had good times in both I think that through that language barrier there is a definite absence of a certain level of communication/understanding that is quite necassary IMO.
Assuming the mother is a fellow English speaker then the kid will learn English. If that were to be her only language then I would of course try and teach some chinese to the kid aswell. If the mother happened to be Lebanese Australian or Croatian Australian etc... then English would be the priority and maybe just a grounding in both Arabic and Chinese or Croatian and Chinese. I think it would be important for the kid to know all three, butt it's just a matter of what is realistic or effective. Not to mention my Chiense is rather ordinary.
If I married a native speaker of Korean for example, the kid would have to learn Korean and English as priorities. I think it will also depend largely on where we are living aswell. Because you can relax on whatever language the child is being exposed to on the telly and at school.
Post by honeyviper on Jan 19, 2008 15:59:45 GMT -5
Hypothetically, I'd like the "future kid(s)" to speak at least one of my parents' languages and whichever lingua franca is necessary in the area I live (perhaps English). I'm not even completely bilingual, but I have a good understanding of French and my parents' languages.