Bilingual Babies

Mandy - posted on 03/11/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )




Hello, I was just wondering what you all thought of my current predicament!

I'm english, but I live in France. My husband is french and we have a 16 month old daughter. People have told me to speak to her in english, and for my husband to speak to her in french, that way she'll be bilingual, and although it seems like a good idea, I'm wondering if it would be kinder to wait before teaching her english? Do you think she'd cope with two languages at once? Thanks for your comments :-)


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Melanie - posted on 04/13/2011




Absolutely! Kids can cope with more than 2 languages. I'm English I live in Italy and my husband is Italian and my 4 year is 100% bilingual, when we go to England my family say it's easy to forget she's growing up in Italy because her English is so good. I spoke English to her from the moment she was born. My little one is two and is still only using words, no sentences, and does seem to prefer Italian but she understands everything I say to her so I'm confident she'll speak both too. Go for it and stick with it even if she answers in French you just answer in English. Having bilingual kids is amazing! Good luck!

Tricia - posted on 04/13/2011




It's been shown that they will learn best before age 5, neither my husband or I are bilingual, but my son is almost 2 and I have ben looking for a good program to get started with. There is one on tv called bilingual baby, it hits all your basics in almost every language, but still looking for something more.

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YES YES YES!!!! go for it!!!! this is the BEST time of life to cope with two languages at once! We started ours on 2 languages from birth (English and Spanish) (we live in SF) and we are soon adding French before the oldest turns 3.

Michaela - posted on 04/12/2011




Hi - my 9 yr old boy speaks and understands 3 languages, but only started talking at 3 - all mixed up. It sorted itself out around 5 and English is his main language now. My 2 year old is still only saying single words in all 3 languages and understands all of them. I never cease to be amazed at how babies brains can let them learn all these languages so effortlessly... don't underestimate them and certainly please dont stop communicating with them in your own language!!!

Charlotte - posted on 03/11/2011




Unfortunately I gave up speaking english to my twin daughters as they were extremely late talking and I felt that it would help if I stuck to 1 language. Now that they are almost 6 years old I do try and teach them a few words here and there. My son is also quite late talking, he'll be 3 at the end of april and he de doesn't say a lot of words (although he makes a lot of noise!) so I haven't really tried to teach him english. I have to say that I'm disappointed as I really wanted bilingual kids and as my parents only speak english, I feel bad for them. I just hope that I'll be able to make up for lost time as quickly as poss

Karen - posted on 03/11/2011




it will be much easier for her if you don't wait. start it now, the earlier the better for them to catch on.

Louise - posted on 03/11/2011




There is nothing wrong with speaking in two languages to a child. If this is what she is used to then there is no problem her mind will recognise and use both languages. The earlier the language is introduced the easier it is for her to get to grips with it. Obviously she will speak the language of the chief care giver more at first.

Charlotte - posted on 03/11/2011




Me too!!!!! I'm english and I married a frenchman! I created a group where I tried to start a discussion on the subject of bilingual kids. The name of the group is English speaking mums living abroad. Hope to speak to you soon.

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