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Juanito Nguyen
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How to raise a child who is a bilingual???
This year, we are happy to welcome a newborn. He is a American- Vietnamese. He is 6 months old now. Have you ever thought that he will speak both languages fluently? The thing we concern is that he does not answer in Vietnamese intentionally when we ask him questions in Vietnamese. Instead, he spontaneously talks to us in English because he was born and raised in the U.S. One day, he will go to school with a lot of friends who speak English as a mean of communication in the society. The best way we can think of now is that when he says something in English, we ignore to answer so that he will actually knows which language he needs to utilize. The second thing that springs to our mind is that we try to spend our spare time teaching me Vietnamese. It is not a bias or favoritism toward either Vietnamese or English. We just honestly want the kid to be fluent in his mother tongue because the more language he speaks, the more job opportunity he could have. No matter what his decision is, we are glad to support him.
May 25, 2020 3:37 PM
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I was born and raised bilingual and it’s very important to consult a speech therapist before birth... in my -or let’s say in my parents’- experience, which is the most common method, each of the two has to communicate exclusively in one language. That includes from the exact moment the baby is born; even when you are caressing the baby, hugging them or playing with them you should specifically stick to the language that is assigned to your parental role. This might lead to the kid starting to speak later than usual, or very commonly to start to speak one of the languages later than the other one but this is the most common method. Some people call it “OPOL” which stands for One Person, One Language. Write to me if you need help :-)
May 25, 2020
6 months and he speaks English ? how come ? does he has an Italki tutor ??
May 25, 2020
Thanks Rosco. Thats good to know how parents really care of their children. Parents are the best
May 25, 2020
Thanks Armin. Your advice is priceless/ invaluable
May 25, 2020
I had a tutor who was raised speaking 3 languages. When young and when alone with her mother they only spoke Spanish, when alone with her father only Korean, and English when all together.
May 25, 2020
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Juanito Nguyen
Language Skills
English, Spanish, Vietnamese
Learning Language
English, Spanish