My daughter started randomly singing a French nursery rhyme in the car earlier. It was so sweet and I was very proud as she tends to sing English songs and speak English only.
Recently she has started replying to me back in French; just one-word answers rather than full sentences, but I feel like we are making lovely small steps towards bilingualism.
We had a really cute conversation earlier. where she spoke English and I spoke French... Daughter: Where is daddy? Is he back soon? Me: oui, il rentre bientot, il est au travail. Daughter: travail? what does that mean? Me: travail is work.
Felt at this point I should translate "travail" for her in English so she hopefully remembers the meaning in French in the future.
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I'd have translated the word travail at that point as well, especially as it's a pretty abstract notion for a kid at that age (it still is at my daughter's age), so trying to explain it in ml would probably have confused her more than helped.
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Nov 4, 2018 18:13:28 GMT 9
Wojtek: Yesterday my daughter used a Polish word in an English sentence. From time to time she does it (don't know if I should be happy about that), but anyway what was amusing about that, she said it with an English accent!
Nov 5, 2018 18:23:45 GMT 9
Wojtek: I feel the English accent in our monolingual family has seemed to be something unreachable but in that mixed sentence, I heard the difference. It surprised me slightly.
Nov 5, 2018 18:23:55 GMT 9
Amy: So cute Wojtek! And such a lovely piece of news!
Nov 7, 2018 6:29:36 GMT 9
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Nov 7, 2018 10:16:33 GMT 9