Undraa, thanks for your question! I printed it out for my kids and had them write a response. Here's what they said...
I usually speak to him in Japanese...but now that we're older, we don't really talk to each other so much. (LOL) When we speak together in English, it now feels a little awkward, especially if my dad isn't there, too, because we've gotten used to speaking in Japanese.
Mostly Japanese, but it depends on the situation. When we do, it feels nauseating.
(I think he's joking.)
Basically, because my kids have always attended Japanese schools--and school, of course, is such a big part of their lives--it doesn't surprise me that their "default language" for their communication as siblings is now Japanese. They can still switch easily to English with me or other English speakers--and at those times will then carry on in English when addressing one another as well--but I guess it's only natural that they're inclined to speak Japanese not only with their mother but also between themselves. Actually, before they entered elementary school, they often used English as a shared language, too, but that tendency has declined over time. At this point, though, since their English ability is well established, it doesn't really trouble me that Japanese has grown more dominant in their everyday lives.
Adam Beck is the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo, and the author of the popular book Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability amzn.to/22XKuCt and the humorous novel How I Lost My Ear amzn.to/2EsjVRS, both available worldwide. Please support The Bilingual Zoo through Adam's Patreon page www.patreon.com/bilingualmonkeys.
Thank you very much for the answer, Roy, Lulu and Adam. My kids speak ML to each other all the time but when I ask them to speak in ml my older son has no trouble switching. He told me, though, that he thought Tamir did not understand Mongolian. I also decided to accept that Danish is their default language after reading other posts in this forum, as long as they converse in ml when it is necessary. Your answer confirmed my decision. Thank you.
What's on your mind right now? Just type and hit "Enter" to share it here!
Amy: @sheilac, I suggest you create an actual thread on the "Questions & Concerns" board, so fellow Zoo Keepers can help you with your concerns. 256 characters is too little to discuss something that is so important to your heart
Jun 2, 2019 23:44:41 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam Beck, thanks for that very interesting and timely post - it justifies the large order for ml books and DVDs I'm about to place in view of my daughters upcoming birthday!
Jun 3, 2019 23:46:00 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Great to hear this, Mayken! And happy birthday to both yours and mine! (They have the same birthday, don't they?) And if anyone missed that post, here's the link once more...
Jun 4, 2019 8:03:42 GMT 9
Mayken: It's our last night in Canada. We've said goodbye to our English-speaking and bilingual English/French friends but we have lots of memories and souvenirs. Let's see how I can keep up the momentum back home.
Aug 21, 2019 9:06:07 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Sounds like a wonderful trip, Mayken! Safe travels home!
Aug 22, 2019 10:33:45 GMT 9