• M
  • ENG, GB
  • 2 years ago

Bi-lingual, Tri-lingual, Where’s MY-lingual!?

Hey mamas. I speak Spanish, and my husband is French. We both make sure to speak our native tongues to our little girl. She goes to day care and speaks English there. No matter how often I speak and read Spanish to her, she uses not ONE WORD! She has some French words, and some English words, but NOTHING in Spanish! I’m trying not to take it personally but has anyone else had experience of this? Any tips?🙇‍♀️
  • C
  • La Habra, United States
  • 5 months ago

I speak English and Spanish, my sons first word was agua, and he only spoke Spanish at home once he went to preschool his English cane out, I told him if I talk to you in Spanish you have to talk to me back in Spanish, if not I won’t pay attention, his 8 now, whatever language I speak to him he talk to me back with the same one I started talking to him. My husband now his native language is French, his Congolese, he also speaks Lingala, with our daughter we will be speaking to her in Spanish and French at home, and my son will start learning French also, for me was a must for my children to speak Spanish, and we are lucky for my kids to learn French, they are school districts that have dual immersion programs which is Spanish and English

  • C
  • La Habra, United States
  • 5 months ago

Here in la habra they have a preschool to kindergarten that is French and English

  • E
  • Fresno, United States
  • a year ago

Just keep going babe!!! She’s still so little! Imagine learning 3 languages at once! It will click by age 5-6, don’t give up and definitely don’t take it to heart. I speak to my daughter in Russian and my husband speaks to her in English - sometimes it does get discouraging when she picks up English words faster but she still says Russian words and primary understands English - when I feel like giving up I crank up the extra Russian hard like only Russian cartoons, flash cards talking to her about anything and everything in Russian. They’re soaking it up!

  • M
  • New York, United States
  • a year ago

My girls; 14, 12, 10; are bilingual but two have learned some Mandarin and French in addition to English and Spanish. At this point in their lives they really enjoy learning other cultures and try to pick up key words in those languages. Keep doing what you are doing. Some kids take longer to speak other languages but they are absorbing everything they hear. Sometimes they are even shy to speak (noticed with my kids). Don’t stop speaking your native tongue to your children.

  • G
  • Memphis, United States
  • a year ago

I have no idea how to start in teaching my child Spanish. It’s so hard

  • A
  • CO, US
  • 5 months ago

Bilingual story time at the library. There’s also bilingual toys 🧸 and books 📚 Plus you can play cartoons/movies in Spanish! That’s what I do with my daughter 😊

  • A
  • Halifax, Canada
  • a year ago

Same- I’m French but my husband is English and so is the daycare/everyone in the area we live. It’s hard so keep up speaking French in an English household and it’s clear she only understands some of what I say. Just keep doing it- it’s a free gift to your child!

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