Heather, thank you for your interesting question! I would have asked them to write their response, but they're heading back to school tomorrow--after being at home for nearly three months because of the coronavirus outbreak--and they still have a lot of homework to finish off tonight. So I read it aloud to them and jotted down what they said.
If you were to have families of your own at some point, would you speak to your children in English or Japanese?
It depends. If it's a Japanese person, I'll speak English. If it's someone from another country, I'll speak Japanese.
Both, because it's better for my minions. Now go away! I have to do my homework!
At least at this point (Lulu is nearly 16 and Roy is 13), it sounds like my daughter has a more nuanced understanding of how to raise a bilingual child!
Adam Beck, the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo, is the author of "Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability"; "Bilingual Success Stories Around the World"; "I WANT TO BE BILINGUAL!"; "28 Bilingual English-Spanish Fairy Tales & Fables"; the fun-filled wordless picture book "Bearded Dragon, Home Alone"; and the award-winning humorous novel "How I Lost My Ear".
Azeem: Hello everyone. I'm new to this forum, and I'm so glad to be here. I came across this forum reading Adam's book Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability.
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Azeem: I will be a father soonest, and I'm curious about nurturing my child's English and my local dialect 'Yoruba' speaking ability from the start. I live in Germany, where English is a minority language.
Jan 11, 2022 2:08:26 GMT 9
Azeem: I look forward to hearing personal experiences, tips, etc., on making the journey for me fascinating. Thanks.
Jan 11, 2022 2:10:28 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Azeem, welcome! We look forward to learning more about you and your family in your first post at the "Introduce Yourself" board.
Jan 12, 2022 16:18:19 GMT 9
Caro C.: We are expecting our second one... just found out last Thursday... I created a new thread to talk about the inquiries that start to arise on this subject... please visit: bilingualzoo.com/thread/1286/baby-2-oven
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