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Subject: Two Languages Simultaneously by One Parent
Question: Hello,

I would be very grateful for your views.

My situation / background is as follows:

Our boy is now 2-years old.

My Swiss wife speaks to him in German (local language).

I have been speaking to him in Arabic since birth.

Since 2-weeks ago, however, I habe been speaking to him simultaneosly in Arabic (my native
language) and English (my strongest language).

By 'simultaneously', I mean I essentially repeat the same sentence twice, once in Arabic and
immediately following in English.

It doesn't come too unnaturally to me and I suspect I've been sucessful (repeating each
sentence twice) two-thirds of the time.

Would you have any opinions on this approach? Might you recommend an alternative?

Thanks very much,

Yours sincerely,


From: Bashar
Date: 17-Nov-2012
  1. Re: Two Languages Simultaneously by One Parent    Madalena Cruz-Ferreira     (19-Nov-2012)
  2. Re: Two Languages Simultaneously by One Parent    Anthea Fraser Gupta     (21-Nov-2012)

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