I'd love it. Kids are little sponges so it's the best time for them to learn another language by exposure!
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26-12-2015 10:16 #11
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26-12-2015 10:33 #12
Being bilingual myself I have a vested interest in this. I did lots of research on bilingualism and it's so beneficial on many different levels.
So I believe being bilingual is one of the greatest gift one can get. Best way to achieve bilingualism with kids is to speak to them in your mothers tongue.
I aplaude the grand parents in your OP.
I might become that grand parent since my kids were all born here. If they have kids themselves I'll speak to them in French all the time 😁
26-12-2015 10:38 #13
My sisters ex is french and he only speaks to my niece in french, it annoyed my parents initially but she's now 11, speaks beautifully and yes it's great he is trying to teach her his language as really no one else we know speaks it and if he didn't keep it up she wouldn't be as fluent now so I do get what they are trying to do - I wish my family spoke another language!
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26-12-2015 10:43 #14
That potential benefit is pretty cool
Also Christmas is the perfect occasion to tell kids about your culture. The way you celebrate is quite different from one country to another. It seems fair to not be limited to speaking English on that day.
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26-12-2015 10:45 #15
I think its 100% up to them what language they speak. I'd be rather offended if I was told I had to only speak in a particular language. If people don't want to feel excluded then I think the answer to that is to try to learn some of the language.
26-12-2015 11:53 #16
Like others have said I think it's a positive things to try and bring up children bilingual. My dh only speaks to my kids in Spanish and he will do even around other people and children. If they think it's rude I don't really care as it's a private interaction between him and his child and it's really important they know they have to only interact with daddy in Spanish. As they get older they will naturally want to speak English and we want to try as much as possible to encourage them that they have to talk to daddy in Spanish even if he does understand English.
One of the differences for you I guess is that the grandchildren are not constantly exposed to that second language so I understand why you might be annoyed that they can't understand. However children are so quick at picking things up so even if they only understand a couple of words that's still an advantage. My ds1 goes to a mandarin family daycare and whilst she only talks in mandarin for a few sessions in the day (ie at mealtimes or singing songs etc) I think it's great that at 2 years old he can already say a few phrases (we now always say "wash hands" in mandarin).
I can see that the reason behind the grandparents talking in that language is probably not altruistic and it likely is being done out of habit so I can see why you might be annoyed, but just try to see past that and the benefits it could bring.
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26-12-2015 12:09 #17
definitely not disputing the benefits of being bilingual. we all grew up speaking both languages so I'm not opposed to the exposure to another language.
I guess it was more because it was Xmas day, they were kind of in their own world and I found it a bit off putting as it meant none of the dh's could really be involved. I guess that's part and parcel though of getting married and having extended family.
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26-12-2015 12:10 #18Senior Member
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I would be over the moon if my in laws did this. I've been asking them to speak to DS1 exclusively in Italian but they can't be bothered. I'm not Italian but I think having a second language is beautiful thing.
I do get your point though. I once dated a man for whom Spanish was his first language and his family were refugees. I hated their family functions because it was all in Spanish and my BF's sister kept getting angry when I asked my BF for translations.
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26-12-2015 12:13 #19Senior Member
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Love it OP.
My parents are wogs and I only ask them to speak to my kids in their language.
I'm fluent although born in Oz and I wish the same for my kids. It's a priceless gift that can only help them in the future. It doesn't demean your Aussie-ness rather helps the kids know where they came from.
I'm sure they're just trying to have fun with their grandchildren and probably don't even realise they're doing it.
26-12-2015 12:15 #20
I wish my Inlaws had done this. They are French but just wouldn't do it. DH is fluent but our kids know nothing 😞. Embrace it.
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