Lisset - posted on 02/11/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )
I know a lot of people who have told me that I am confusing my son. I am Cuban and Dominican and my husband is from Morocco, Africa. Since my son was born I have spoken to him in only spanish, and my husband has spoken only arabic. He watches cartoons that speak english and spanish. He is now 2 yrs and 1 mo old. If someone speaks to him in either of the three languages he will respond and answer back. And as most mom's know; they tend to speak a language that only their mom's can understand. He has a vast vocabulary with a lot of words ranging from: agua, hi, bye, por que, no, si, quiero comer and shokran, akbar, la (arabic) and many other words.
In fact, our pediatrician told us, he may have a delay in talking full sentences, but it is only because his brain is going to have to sort out the languages, but he said we are doing the best thing for him. Children who learn other languages not only are usually more advanced, but it is an advantage that they will have for the rest of their lives.
It is also a part of their heritage that they should be proud of. I think everyone in the world should speak two or more languages. The world is so big and full of a beautiful diversity. I think if more people embraced it, there would be less problems.
Have any of you ever encountered something like that?