I'm Italian and I've decided to raise my daughter bilingual. I speak to Sofia only in English and my husband in Italian. We live in Italy. She is 3 years old and I'm noticing that she answers back to me in Italian more frequently. We have a group of friends who are bilingual as well all kids are bilinguals like Sofia so I can tell that I'm lucky. We meet up once a week or even more. Sometimes Sofia goes to her mother-in-law, who is Italian. So I am a bit worried because before she was balanced with both languages. In 10 days she is going to start the Italian kindergarten and I'm so so worried that it could get worse. Even her accent has changed. She has a bit of Italian accent when she speaks in English. What can I do? More reading time?? Help me, please.
This is a classic challenge, kids slowly increasingly using the ML, and usually when they start school (I had that with my eldest). All you can do is stay persistent. Never give up nor use the ML with your daughter.
Some people like pretending to their child that they don’t understand the ML. I occasionally used it with my girls (7 and 3), but now I just let them hear me comment to others that mummy is not happy to be talked to in ML by the girls. The eldest has the house rule very clear in her mind and I am yet to see whether that rule stands the trial of my youngest starting school (she just began Reception at nursery school).
It is crunch time. Don't give up, come what may. The bilingual journey is always full of ups and downs. Don't give up (otherwise you'll be haunted with regrets). Stay persistent and in the long run you will reap results. It can take time to get the results you want, so be very patient.
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