Since our multilingual family lives in Italy, Italian is the language kids hear most of the time. It is also the language they speak with the father, who is Italian. I am the mother and speak Russian with them and English with my husband.
I already see some advantages for bilingual kids hearing the parents speaking a third language:
- understanding conversation on intuitive level (more about Passive listening and language learning);
- pronouncing words correctly ( I started teaching my children English once a week);
- decreasing the exposure to the majority language
and I hope later at school our children will be able to learn English fast as well.
We have chosen a "one parent - one language" approach; however, we both read English books to our kids and sing English songs from time to time.
Multilingual family language knowledge:
Mother - Russian, English , Italian, German
Father - Italian, English, German, Russian, French
Children - Russian, Italian, some English
What are your language groups?
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