I would like to hear what your thoughts are about this:
Let's say we found someone who could babysit our kid 4 times a week (28 hrs). She is a ml passive speaker, who was fluent in the ml in early childhood but became a passive speaker over time. She still understands ml but naturally responds in ML. She can say short expressions in ml and read some ml books but cannot hold a long conversation.
Definitely ML will be the main language for our son and her to communicate, but I was wondering if the fact that she could read to him and use some words and expressions in the ml would help with the exposure to the ml he needs.
Dani, yes, I do think it would be helpful to your cause if the babysitter spent some time each day reading aloud in the minority language, and perhaps singing children's songs, too. (You could provide suitable books and CDs, giving her a new "assignment" each day.)
This exposure would be relatively limited, compared to their interaction in the majority language, but every little bit counts when it comes to nurturing the minority language! And it would help promote a love of books and music in this language, too!
Adam Beck is the author of the popular nonfiction books "Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability" and "I WANT TO BE BILINGUAL!" (illustrated by Pavel Goldaev) as well as the award-winning humorous novel "How I Lost My Ear" (illustrated by Simon Farrow).
Marisa: "Victory moment:" My almost 4-year-old daughter told me yesterday in the ml (rough translation): "mom, there's something wrong with the cartoons, can you fix it, please?"... she was accidentally watching TV in the ML! So I gladly obliged
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Amy: Awww bless her, Marisa!!! That was so cute!! <3
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Adam Beck: Marisa, give that little minority language lover a big hug from me!
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Mayken: We're at Harry Potter Book Night at the English bookshop in Paris. The activities are all in French but my daughter teamed up for the treasure hunt with a girl who also speaks ouf ml German!
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