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.
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!
Feb 8, 2020 3:50:49 GMT 9
Amy: Was stunned to hear eldest had an anglophone (ml) accent when she began to read in the ML this afternoon!! Didn't last more than a paragraph until her brain switched language, but chuffed mum here!!
Mar 7, 2020 23:05:49 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter found the secret stash of ml books I'd bought at the closure sale of the ml book store two months ago and hidden away for later. Guess it's a good time for new books now, right?
Mar 18, 2020 5:29:38 GMT 9
Caro C.: My baby (16mo) perfectly knows what "hi5" means and readily shows her hand even when we are not showing our hand first. It feels like the first minor blossom of the bilingual seed.
Jun 1, 2020 13:05:36 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice, Caro! Give her a high-five from me! And I look forward to hearing about many more happy developments to come!
Jun 8, 2020 15:12:21 GMT 9