The LINGUIST List is dedicated to providing information on language and language analysis, and to providing the discipline of linguistics with the infrastructure necessary to function in the digital world. LINGUIST is a free resource, run by linguistics students and faculty, and supported primarily by your donations. Please support LINGUIST List during the 2016 Fund Drive.
Ask-A-Linguist Message Details
|Subject:||Teaching a child 3 languages when one parent speaks 2 native languages (English and Mandarin) and the other speaks 1 native language (French)|
|Question:||I am from Singapore and I speak both English and Mandarin at a native level. I also speak fluent French and converse in French with my husband who is French. My husband and I would like to teach all three languages, English, Mandarin and French to our soon-to-be born daughter. I have heard about the one-language-per-parent concept. My husband will be tasked with speaking to our daughter in French. In my case, I am the parent who speaks two native languages. Is there a 'best practice' methodology for our case? Does it mean I can speak to my daughter both in English and Mandarin all the time or should I for instance, do alternative weeks in each language?|