Attention nursery workers, friends, and family.
My child is about to become a little harder to understand.
She’s a rather brilliant little wordsmith already. So, I think you will all be okay. I just figured I needed to go ahead and inform you that she’s starting to work on other languages in addition to English now.
I was told that she should be exposed to multiple languages from birth if I wanted her to learn them. For the most part I have done this on a small scale. It has only been when we are around Japanese people that we have used Japanese, and around Hispanohablantes that we speak Spanish. I didn’t want to confuse her by jumbling it up.
Now that she is two years old and can say so much in English, I am talking to her in Japanese and Spanish more often. This means I have to be constantly studying as well, myself. Squee!
If this makes her speak gibberish for a while, you will just have to bear with us. I’ll teach her as best I can to respond to the request “English, please.” I’ll also interpret, don’t worry. 🙂
Hooray! I’m excited!
Have you raised bilingual children? Do you have any advice? What difficulties did you encounter?