our bilingual family
November 15, 2007 § 5 Comments
I speak to my daughter in Spanish while bilingual daddy speaks to her (mostly) in English; though she does hear each of us speak in the other language. If we have English-speaking family or friends over then she’ll hear me speak (mostly) in English. When we’re with our Spanish-speaking family and friends she’ll hear her dad speak more Spanish. There are some words that have already stuck in one language or the other. For instance, we use “Papi” instead of “Daddy”.
I know that every child is different and it doesn’t really matter when they start to talk or walk. I’m fine with the fact that bilingual baby isn’t walking a whole lot. I’m just glad that she has all this crawling time. It’s supposed to be good for the brain. I’m not worried about running after her (once she starts walking) because we’re already running after her.
How soon will she begin speaking? and What language will she speak first? These questions are mostly conversation starters – I don’t really think they’re meant to be answered. I’m curious, obviously, who wouldn’t be, but this is one aspect of our lives that I haven’t read up on. I guess if I found the right article or book I might peruse it. Till then…