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For any bi- or more lingual discussions, I always like to point to this great TED talk on how babies aquire languages. Basically, they filter which sounds are important or not, so an English 'speaking' baby will develop ability to distinguish between 'l' and 'r', whereas a Japanese 'speaking' baby will not. Or as she says - will loose that ability! It ...


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I speak Portuguese, my husband speaks French and we live in the US. The only language we have in common is English. Since we both can speak a tiny bit of each other's language( I more so than him), and since I am staying home mom, I try to speak all 3 of them to my son. It happens naturally depending on what I am talking about with my son. If I am trying to ...


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My suggestion would be to not enforce it, but do 2 things: Don't generally speak English to him. If he speaks English, simply answer in Finnish/Japanese. Make a game out of it. When he starts learning new words, ask him what they are called in Finnish/Japanese. I think learning through playing is really useful to kids. My husband and I are both ...


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Two things : firstly, do maintain and develop your child's Czech language. The ability to hear (and subsequently produce) the subtle sound contrasts correctly vanishes with the critical phonetic period... at the age of 1. So you should not miss it. secondly, for alphabetical languages such as English and Czech, I recommend you just wait until your child ...


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Linguists usually point out that amongst the accepted language learning drivers for kids you will find "input" and "output", as well as "motivation" and "social interaction". Input is what the kid hears, in terms of quantity (as you mentioned) but also quality (which also includes diversity). The kid's brain is a statistical processor. If you make mistakes ...


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One of the most common practices is really OPOL : one person one language. So you go on with Finnish and your wife with Japanese. There is no risk for the kids' English as it will develop in any case. There are other strategies (one language at home, one language outside). But in your case, given the fact that your kids will pick up English and that you want ...



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