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!
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Najwa: My eldest sings and verbalizes his figures/cars stories in an invented language that has English sounds and Italian accent. Is it his way to disconnect from his multilingual world?
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Adam Beck: Najwa, it's hard to respond to your question without knowing the full details of the situation. I suggest starting a thread at a suitable board and offering as much information about these circumstances as you can.
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