Post by Taysha on Jun 2, 2018 11:17:44 GMT 9
Since the beginning of my two-year-old’s life I have been making strong, concerted efforts in the minority language (ml) and leaving the majority language (ML) to fend for itself. Being the non-native and main source of ml input for my son, I felt I really ought to give it my all if I wanted him to speak the ml. It turns out that now at two years and three months, he is speaking ml words and sentences and very little ML (isolated words here and there), at least that I hear. My husband (who doesn’t have as much time with him and doesn't know much ml) tells me that when I am not in the house to explain, he usually cannot tell what our son is trying to say.
I wish that our son could communicate as well with his dad and grandparents (who also don’t know ml) as he does with me. I feel kind of bad that I have to translate what he says for his grandparents and that they might be able to make stronger connections with him now if he were more advanced in ML.
However, I am not sure what steps I might want to take to increase his exposure and need for ML because I definitely do not want to mess up the great progress he is making in ml. He does not attend any daycare, and I like it that way and don't have a need for him too, but I do try to get out with him a lot during the day--at the store, library, park--where almost everybody else speaks the ML. Obviously, I could start speaking to him in some ML myself, but I feel very wary of starting that habit.
Also, my son and I have a seven-week trip planned to the ml country this summer. I am very excited about that for the ml and how much he will be able to communicate with the people there (hopefully better than here!), but actually a little worried that when we get back poor Dad will be totally unable to understand him. Thoughts, advice, and encouragement would be greatly appreciated!