Toddler being raised with two languages
November 22, 2011 2:58 AM Subscribe
My 2-year-old daughter is growing up in a two-language household. Any advice on ensuring a balanced retention of vocabulary?
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo to Human Relations (19 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
I am a native English speaker and my wife is Japanese. We live in Japan and are raising our 23-month-old daughter in a two-language household (although my wife and I communicate only in English).
I speak to my daughter in English and my wife speaks to her with a mixture of Japanese and English.
Her language development has been somewhat slow, although she loves to banter away with a mix of English, Japanese and gibberish.
I'm slightly concerned as, recently, she seems to be developing her Japanese much quicker than English. I suppose this is to be expected as she spends her days at a Japanese daycare and is picking up the local language much faster.
Are there any ways, aside from continuing to promote new language at home, that I can ensure that her English keeps up?
My own Japanese skill is quite poor and I don't want to feel like I can't communicate with her as she grows older.