Monday, July 29th, 2013
Should I Improve My Own Language Skills to Teach My Daughter?
Dear Dr Gupta
I have a four-month-old baby who I would dearly love to grow up bilingual, as I never had the opportunity myself. I have spent a lot of time learning languages through classes, travelling and living overseas but have never had a true opportunity to become fluent in any one of them, and am pretty out of practice with all of them now too. However with a bit of effort I could hold basic conversations in a couple of those languages still.
I am wondering if it is worth picking one of these languages and teaching my daughter words and phrases alongside her native English or would this just be confusing? I’d also be concerned about teaching her the wrong thing.
Your thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks and kind regards,
© 2013, Anthea Fraser Gupta. All rights reserved.
Ask a Linguist Archives:
Have a question for The Linguist? Send it to:email@example.com. Please put "Ask a Linguist" in the subject line.
More Great Stuff You'll Love: