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Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 15:26
Member
English to French
Other Apr 20, 2016

My native language, which is not my partner/wife/spouse's but is our children's.
That's for speaking. Then it gets complicated.

Philippe

[Edited at 2016-04-20 08:21 GMT]


 

Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
+ ...
Speaking vs communicating Apr 20, 2016

In our multi-lingual household:

- the adults claim to speak the same language but generally still fail to communicate
- the boy child mostly just grunts
- the girl child mostly just shrieks
- the cats talk with their fists and seem to get on far better

(Mainly English with some Welsh, French and Swedish chucked in)


 

Sophie Dzhygir  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 15:26
Member (2007)
German to French
+ ...
Other Apr 20, 2016

Love your answer, Chris!icon_biggrin.gif

We speak both my husband's native language and mine. And our child just begins to say a few words, they seem mainly French.


 

Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 15:26
Member (2008)
English to Italian
our common first language Apr 20, 2016

Chris... this was brilliant!

Chris S wrote:

In our multi-lingual household:

- the adults claim to speak the same language but generally still fail to communicate
- the boy child mostly just grunts
- the girl child mostly just shrieks
- the cats talk with their fists and seem to get on far better

(Mainly English with some Welsh, French and Swedish chucked in)



 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 14:26
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
Other Apr 20, 2016

I live alone, so days can go by when I don’t speak to a soul...

 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 15:26
Member (2006)
German to English
Other Apr 20, 2016

Chris S wrote:

In our multi-lingual household:

- the adults claim to speak the same language but generally still fail to communicate
- the boy child mostly just grunts
- the girl child mostly just shrieks
- the cats talk with their fists and seem to get on far better

(Mainly English with some Welsh, French and Swedish chucked in)



That was a good one, and sooo true - except for the boy child - I have girl children - imagine how that is☺

But other than that my wife and I speak German with each other, I only speak GB with the children and my wife only speaks Hungarian with them (in all situations irrelevant if anyone is there or not) and funily, the girls do whatever they want


 

DianeGM  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:26
Member (2006)
Dutch to English
+ ...
Other Apr 20, 2016

... a home-cooked mix of three languages.

 

John Cutler  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 15:26
Spanish to English
+ ...
Other Apr 20, 2016

My wife and I speak English with each other, although it's her 4th language.

I speak either English or Catalan with my daughters. The Mrs speaks Catalan with them.

Spanish is reserved for when Spanish speaking friends or neighbors drop by.

Actually, the only "language" we all have in common as a family are the emojis from Whatsapp. Sometimes we send messages to each other at the family group we have, using just emojis, and we all know what they mean. No words are needed at all.


 

Stuart Hoskins
Local time: 15:26
Czech to English
+ ...
I to her Czech, I to girls English, they to me Czech Apr 20, 2016

I speak Czech to the wife and English to the children. And everyone, despite the pleas, speaks to me in Czech. (Except the dog, but he died.)

[Edited at 2016-04-20 09:25 GMT]


 

Vanda Nissen  Identity Verified
Australia
Local time: 23:26
Member (2008)
English to Russian
+ ...
Other Apr 20, 2016

Danish with my husband (it is his first language) and English with some elements of Danish with our son.

 

Noni Gilbert  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 15:26
Spanish to English
+ ...
The language of the area we live in... Apr 20, 2016

...which is also my husband's one and only language.

I am often upbraided for not speaking English to my children, but it has not been my social language since I moved to Spain 30 years ago, and I feel strange if I have to speak it in a domestic setting.


 

Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 15:26
Member (2012)
English to Danish
+ ...
A language in common Apr 20, 2016

My Ex was French, but we always spoke English at home to the benefit of our daughter, whose 'mother tongue' is English (and she went to international shools).

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 06:26
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
+ ...
Other Apr 20, 2016

I speak English to my dogs and they speak Canine to me.

When my husband was alive, we spoke his language (Portuguese) exclusively, regardless of where we were living.

I speak Portuguese with his daughters and other relatives in Brazil and a mish-mash of Portuguese and English with his nieces and nephews who live here in the US.

[Edited at 2016-04-20 10:53 GMT]


 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 15:26
Member (2003)
Danish to English
+ ...
Mostly Danish Apr 20, 2016

Mostly Danish, my husband's language, with bits of other languages mixed in.

We went to Italian classes earlier this year (beginners...), so we tried to use that. My husband lapsed into Spanish now and then. I got tongue-tied when it was not the same as French. Must keep practising before classes start again in the autumn!

We see a fair bit of German TV - und das kommt mit.

When our Swedish relatives visit, they speak Swedish and we respond in Danish, with English as a reserve if we need it.

We play with English and I look things up in Latin when we can't solve the crosswords.
Of course, we speak English to my family when they visit and on the phone.

But as Chris S. says, communication is another mattericon_biggrin.gif
A lot of that is probably non-verbal. I wail that my husband doesn't understand me, but the trouble is, he understands all too well at times!

PS our son is bilingual Danish-English, lives in the UK and is good at German when required. He joins in the fun with whatever languages are in the air when he comes home.


[Edited at 2016-04-20 10:51 GMT]


 
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