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Friday, August 21st, 2009 02:02 pm
Hmm, I guess I am reading too much about motherhood and stuff as I started to remember that once I was very interested in the topic of multilingual children. I subscribed to a mailing list where people discussed difficulties and how they manage it. I even bought a book or two about the subject.

I think this helped a lot and my son now has both a Hebrew mother-tongue and a partial Hungarian father-tongue, so to speak. Unfortunately my daughter quite refuses to speak in Hungarian. She does not even want me to tell her stories in Hungarian.

Anyway I searched for multilingual and surprisingly only found one other person listing it as an interest.
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Friday, August 21st, 2009 11:33 am (UTC)
I know that [personal profile] pne is bringing up his daughter English-German.
Friday, August 21st, 2009 12:23 pm (UTC)
Out of curiosity, would you call yourself bilingual or fluent in English or something else?
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Friday, August 21st, 2009 12:26 pm (UTC)
I call myself fluent in English, because I only started learning at 11. But I regularly speak, think and sometimes even dream in English, so on a day-to-day basis I suppose it isn't a big difference :)
Friday, August 21st, 2009 12:20 pm (UTC)
Several of my cousins are to some extent multilingual, due to where they've lived. For English people living abroad, the kids tend to grow up bilingual just because they'll speak one language at school and another at home. One family has now moved back to the UK, and the kids are still very good at languages, though nowhere near multilingual.

What ages did they start learning the other languages, and how much did they speak them? I would guess that makes a huge difference.
Saturday, August 22nd, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
Hi, nice to meet you.

I think it's a very useful skill to have your children grow up multilingual if they are interested. I have a friend who grew up multilingual in Japanese and English (she and her family are all Japanese, but she was raised in the United States) and now she is a professional Japanese to English translator. She said her parents used to make her sister and her give them a quarter any time they spoke English in the house and that's why she is multilingual now.

I don't have any children yet, but eventually I'd like to try to raise my children to be multilingual. :)
Wednesday, August 26th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
No, but there is an elementary school in the area that does "total immersion" in another language. The choices are Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese. We're considering trying to enroll our children in this school once we have children.