Alex, welcome! It sounds like your family is off to a good start on your bilingual journey!
Because you're in China, and your wife is using Chinese, I encourage you to be as proactive as possible with Russian, providing your daughter with as much exposure as possible to this language each day. The more input she receives, the more progress she can make over the months and years to come.
I'm cheering for you guys, and I send my best bilingual wishes from Japan to China!
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I know I'm late to the party, but wanted to say hello from a fellow native Russian speaker! With my 2-year-old son, and our experience so far, I would say definitely persist with speaking to her in Russian and only Russian. I think Adam's advice is on point. And with my son about to turn 2, I have definitely seen the results. In the case of Russian language, you will probably have some doubts with learning/teaching the alphabet. I will say that it may not be as difficult as it may seem at first.
To me, yours is an interesting situation, because you have a third intermediate language in English. Given that my ml is Russian, I am also curious how this plays out in Chinese (I'm assuming Mandarin or Cantonese?), but when you say "mixing Chinese grammar" how does that compare to Rus-English of "My gordo speakaem po-ruski, my keepaem rodnoj yazik"? (loosely translates to "we're proudly speaking Russian, we're holding on to our native tongue", but with russified anglicisms). Does the same kind of logic translate into a Russian-Chinese language situation?
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.
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Azeem: I look forward to hearing personal experiences, tips, etc., on making the journey for me fascinating. Thanks.
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Adam Beck: Azeem, welcome! We look forward to learning more about you and your family in your first post at the "Introduce Yourself" board.
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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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