So, Mikey and I both speak languages other than English. He’s fluent in French, proficient in Spanish. I’m proficient in Japanese and have okay travel-Mandarin Chinese.
Have we taught these to the kids?
LAZY BUMS! I know, right?!
We suck! Sometimes we get hit with a bug to be better parents and we are all, ‘let’s do it!’ and talk a mouthful of French or Japanese and thennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn……. it just slooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwly fades again like one of those sad deflating party balloons.
My lovely friend Heather came on over recently with her tribe, husband Fran and scrumptiously adorable (and fierce) twin girls. Heather is fluent in Spanish and BAM, she gets going with her daughters and it’s all Spanish, only Spanish.
I am so inspired.
Child language learning –
I want to be able to do that with our kids – and I think despite the fact that my Japanese is far from perfect, it’s still something, right? I mean, one of the reasons I’ve been holding back on teaching them Japanese is thinking, ‘oh but they’ll learn my mistakes’ – but I guess even learning it that way, Japanese by a non-fluent speaker, is better than no Japanese at all?
Well, we’re going to get going with it try to keep it all going this time. Like, really, really, really. We’re going to pull on our stick-to-it gloves and keep ’em on.
1. Just talk to the kids in the respective language. We can sign along with the newer words to “translate” an unfamiliar word without having to speak English
2. Keep talking
3. And talking
4. More talking
5. Slip in some TV shows – Japanese kid shows, French shows, Spanish version of Dora the Explorer?
6. Apps on the iPad
7. Read books to the kids in the target languages.
Any advice? Are you doing this too?