Hii! I posted a poll about this on Instagram today, and you guys said you wanted to hear more about the subject… so here we go!
Like I mentioned in my IG stories, my first language is French. Even before having kids, it was always my plan to speak French to our boys. Most of my family, both on my mom’s and dad’s side, are French, and many of them don’t speak a word of English. It’s important to me that our boys can speak to their cousins and that they be in touch with their French heritage. My Dad would’ve wanted that, too.
When I had Liam, I only spoke to him in French (which is why he understands basically everything!) He can translate most words and is overall very receptive to the language.
Noah, however, understands a lot less. He seems intimidated by the language. Me writing this post is also me holding myself accountable to do better. It is sometimes really difficult to switch between languages (I speak English to Joe and French to the boys!) but I know these efforts are worth it. Language is SUCH a gift, and I know that first-hand.
My life would’ve been SO different had I not gone to an American school (thank you Mom and Dad for that one) and learned English so young. Pretty much the entire course of my life would’ve been different… and I most likely wouldn’t be in New York today!
I promised I’d share a few of my tips for anyone trying to raise bilingual kids. It may feel daunting right now (I often struggle with this), but you’d be surprised at how much little ones are able to absorb! Liam surprises me every day with his developing French/English vocabulary.
Basically, this is what we try to do at home:
Are you raising a bilingual child? Share your story in the comments below! xoxo
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