Question about teaching child non-native level language
Thread poster: Julian Wood

Julian Wood  Identity Verified
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Mar 22, 2007

Hello
Have just been in Geneva- an incredible test-bed of multi-lingual offspring raising- 40% of population is non-Swiss, I lived there for a year and most kids grow up with at least three languages.
A daughter of my friend has a one-and-a-half year old. The Mum learnt Swahili from her Mum, but in Geneva, and does not feel at all fluent in it, nor confident in using it- she has vocabulary gaps and is limited in what she can express.
But she and her Mum are keen to pass on Swahili.
I studied Welsh, and have read that parents whose Welsh is weak or even learner-level are encouraged to use Welsh when they can, in situations which they feel they can manage, and use English for ones they can't.
This is the advice I gave to my friends, does anyone have other advice?
Thanks a lot


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sarahjeanne
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post-it! Mar 22, 2007

I have a British friend whose mother is Spanish and father is a Brit. Her parents met in France and spoke French at the time as neither of them knew the others language then. When my friend was little her parents wanted her to speak French so they put up post-it notes on everything with the names in French. I tried this method with my sister when I lived with her (already adult) to try to teach her Spanish and there were definite results. The only thing is I think that her Spanish is limited to things around the house.

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Thanks Mar 22, 2007

Hi
Thanks for your idea and experience, have passed it on


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