• S
  • Old Town, United States
  • 8 months ago

Bilingual kids

I’m 34 weeks pregnant. My SO and I decided we wanted to raise our child bilingual. We both only speak English so I am starting to learn French, Spanish, and sign. Does anyone have any tips or tricks to help teach her and me when she comes?
  • J
  • McKinney, United States
  • 7 months ago

YouTube has helped me and my son learn Spanish together. We watch Spanish learning videos together and only when we are learning together. Besides that I don’t let him watch YouTube and he loves it. I’ve been doing this with him since he was 11 months old and he is now almost 4. He also attends a school that only speaks Spanish to him. Hopefully, that helps and I think its awesome to learn another language with your child.😊✌️

  • S
  • VA, US
  • 7 months ago

I read from someone who got a speech doctor’s opinion on the subject. If you want the kid to learn 3 languages fluently then one parent should speak only English to the kid, the other parent only French to the kid, and you two speak only Spanish to eachother. Of course you can mix up the order, like one parent speak only spanish, the other only french, and only english to eachother, but it really depends on which language you want your kid to like more. The kids that were subject to such an upbringing were proven to speak 3 languages FLUENTLY. The language that only the parents speak is the most disliked formal language, while the language of the parent of the opposite sex was the most loved language. For example, little boys loved their mom’s language more, and little girls had an aversion to their father’s language more.

  • Sim
  • Hawthorn East, Australia
  • 7 months ago

Some really useful tips here! My husband is Spanish so we'll be teaching our son Spanish, but I'm going go have to work on learning it too!

  • Naomi
  • OR, US
  • 7 months ago

I have been teaching my daughter ASL, it has helped us a lot!!

  • E
  • North Rocks, Australia
  • 7 months ago

I am actually an educator in an early childhood centre that focuses on this, and I am one of the teachers who speaks a second language to the children. I just speak German to them all day. They slowly understand it and I use gestures to do so (washing hands etc) Using songs and rhymes works really well. Work it into conversation every day. Sing songs for times like washing hands, eating food. Expose your child to people who speak the language. Like go to a French cafe, playgroup. This is the best age to soak all this in.

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