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Poll: Do you communicate with your family members in more than one language?
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Oct 17, 2008

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you communicate with your family members in more than one language?".

This poll was originally submitted by Cristina Heraud-van Tol

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Cristina Heraud-van Tol  Identity Verified
Peru
Local time: 08:22
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
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Yes Oct 17, 2008

At home here, we speak in Spanish and Dutch (my native language and that of my husband), as well as in English when we want a quicker, easier understandable communication.

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Catherine Shepherd  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 14:22
Spanish to English
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Yes Oct 17, 2008

English with my parents, Spanish with my sister and my older brother, and English with my youngest brother.

When we all get together it's interesting, because we have to stick to this code, we find it weird to switch round (i.e. I can't speak English to my sister because it feels unnatural).


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Marie-Hélène Hayles  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:22
Italian to English
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No Oct 17, 2008

English with my family, Italian with my partner's.

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Lydia Foster  Identity Verified
Spain
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Spanish to English
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Depends on the day and where I am.. Oct 17, 2008

Mostly speak to my husband in Spanish, except when I'm tired or angry at him when I switch into English..

When we go to his parents house, he speaks to me in Catalan, I to him in Spanish/English (depending whether I want them to know what we're saying) and his parents to me in Catalan and Spanish..

In my parent's house, it's another story.. We speak English to my family but Spanish when we're alone despite his insistence that we use English. I find it strange to talk to him in English and find myself talking like a four year old although he can understand me completely!

I hate to think what it's going to be like if we have children one day!


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Elin Davies  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Member (2008)
English to Welsh
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No Oct 17, 2008

I only speak Welsh to my family - it would feel very strange not to. I have one sister in law we spoke English to at first as she'd forgotten all the Welsh she had before being sent to boarding school and forgetting it all, but she learnt Welsh long before taking the plunge into the Davies clan as she hated us all having to switch once she walked into the room and how stilted we sounded.

My partner is from over the border so I speak English to his family, but he's learnt Welsh so I speak Welsh to him (it's great for being on holiday - no one knows what you're speaking let alone what you're saying).


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Alexa Dubreuil  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 14:22
Member (2004)
English to French
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Quite a mix here too! Oct 17, 2008

Lydia Foster wrote:

Mostly speak to my husband in Spanish, except when I'm tired or angry at him when I switch into English..


I relate to you Lydia... I am French, I live in the UK and I mostly speak to my husband in English (his native language). However, as he is learning French I often drop a French words here and there and, like you, when I'm angry or tired I switched to French!

I speak to my cat in French (he was born in France), and so does my husband!

And with my family we only speak French as they are all based in France. This being said, I often find my parents trying a bit of English with my husband when speaking in French only gets a bit difficult for him.


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Catherine Shepherd  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Spanish to English
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It's fun!! Oct 17, 2008

Lydia Foster wrote:

I hate to think what it's going to be like if we have children one day!


It will be very interesting!! It's the spice of life! Think how boring a monolingual family would be


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Vladimir Dubisskiy  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 08:22
English to Russian
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English and Russian Oct 17, 2008

When we brought our son to Canada he was 12 and we all speak Russian between us. Now he is 23 and without practicing his Russian is still on 12-15 yr old level) Therefore we now speak Russian at home with my wife, but with him (he lives by himself) it's English only when emailing and mostly English when talking (though he always wants to talk Russian to us, but his small vocabulary prevents him from discussing many things)
And we speak English outside (Western Canada, Vancouver and currently Texas, USA)95% of a time.

ProZ.com Staff wrote:

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you communicate with your family members in more than one language?"


[Edited at 2008-10-17 15:15]


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diana bb  Identity Verified
Lithuania
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English to Lithuanian
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English and Lithuanian Oct 17, 2008

English to my husband, Lithuanian to my daughters. My husband speaks English to them.

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Rebecca Garber  Identity Verified
Local time: 09:22
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German to English
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yes Oct 17, 2008

German with my daughter, English when she's tired. English with my husband.
My sister-in-law speaks Spanish with my nephew, English with her husband.

They used to live very close to us, so the kids were raised pretty much together. So they got instructions stereophonically in German and Spanish...:)


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Jolanta Cakke  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 15:22
English to Russian
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Multilingual family Oct 17, 2008

Yes, Russian, Polish and Italian. I also teach my daughter English, so when she's in a good mood, we speak English to each other.

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Alexandra Goldburt
Local time: 06:22
English to Russian
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Against all experts advice... Oct 17, 2008

...I speak both English and Russian to my daughters, sometimes commiting a mortal sin of mixing the two in one sentence.

In addition, with my youngest, when we are in predominantly Spanish speaking company (my neighbors), I switch to speaking Spanish to her, simply out of politeness to my neighbors.


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xxxwonita
China
Local time: 10:22
No Oct 17, 2008

To boast, we are a multilingual family;
To be honest, German is the only language in which we can communicate naturally and effectively.


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andres-larsen
Venezuela
Local time: 09:22
Spanish to English
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we are quatrilingual in our family Oct 17, 2008

in our family, we have an ongoing quatrilingual communication in English, German, Spanish, and Danish

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