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|Subject:||Two Languages Simultaneously by One Parent|
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,