I have a small girl who speaks both ml and ML. I speak to her only in ml whilst my husband in ML. We were looking at books in ml with my daughter and she started pointing at the words underneath the pictures. So I was reading out in ml what the word below the picture said. I am not sure what to do if she asks me to read a book in ML. I don't want to confuse her, as the pronunciation is very different between Czech and English. I worry that for example the word "car" means something completely different in Czech but also is pronounced with "c" and not "k". It's probably not the best example, sorry. Should I only read in ml and my husband in ML or mix it both and hope that she will eventually understand?
It depends on her ml strength. When ml was very weak for my children I made the rule that I only read in ml and if they want ML then they have to go ask their father. When my youngest was ml dominant, I let go of that rule somewhat read both languages to her.
Right now I’m back to ml-only reading. However I did teach both my children how to read in ML. They didn’t have the patience for their father’s teaching methods, so they came to me. In that case ML reading becomes subject teaching, where I read the word in ML and pronounce the sounds and name the letters in ML, but everything else during those lessons is in ml.
For small children to make the distinction easier we simply had two bookshelves. One for ml, one for ML. That way the child knew which book belonged to which language/reader.
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