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Father of a teenager and a toddler.

My day job is software development.


Oct
13
answered Will it confuse my son if I try to teach him 3 languages, two of which are very close to each other (Russian and Ukrainian)?
Oct
7
answered Should I choose a language immersion or regular school for a child with below average language skill?
Jun
19
comment Should we force our son to have hobbies?
As soon as you add the word "force" to any question about kids, you're signaling you want some answers that celebrate autonomy and are deeply suspicious of influence as a force for good.
May
30
answered Should I teach my child a second language?
May
22
comment What are the downsides of “I don't listen to things said in language X today” response used as a tactic for forcing a second language?
There is the word again, "force". As if we have any choice about literacy, wearing cloths or eating with a fork. I will play the "I don't understand gambit", but I plan to be willing to use all other communication tactics, like ignoring the English but paying attention to the context, gestures, and so on. For this gambit to work, you need to really act like you don't understand, you can't act like a punitive brick wall.
May
22
answered How do you correct slang or other improper grammar in a pre-schooler?
Mar
19
awarded  Commentator
Mar
19
comment Enforcing minority languages at home
Also, what country are you in? If you're in the US, if you don't do something radical, the natural course of events if for all 2nd language to be extinguished. I'd speak about 15 languages if they would all last 2 or 3 generations.
Mar
19
comment Enforcing minority languages at home
This question is going to be all about how people feel about "respecting autonomy" It would be a more interesting question if it were about "how" given a decision & a goal to teach a 2nd language. By saying "should we", that's like saying "should we make kids learn piano".
Feb
17
awarded  Yearling
Dec
9
comment when do children start answering questions ?
Two challenges there-- using full sentences & cognitively understanding the informational content of the question. And there are lots of kinds of questions. Can you point at the cat? vs Why is the cat hiding? I would guess the type of question would make a big difference.
Nov
28
comment speech development
Re: background reading (when they don't appear to be listening). Research with how kids respond to background TV-- it turns out they are unable to ignore it. Kids absorb a lot of linguistic input from ambient sources, radio, TV, other people talking on the bus, parents whom they seem to be ignoring, etc.
Nov
28
comment speech development
It's commonplace for kids to be reluctant to use a language they know (fluently even!) but don't feel is their "favorite" language. One story I read was a French kid who knew English from his mom, visited England,tried to speak only French to the monolingual English kids. Took him a week to decide he should speak "Mom's" language in England. So if a kid is in a situation where communication demands English, (e.g. no common language except English) eventually, they will use it.
Nov
10
answered What language should we teach our child if our native tongue is different from the local language?
Sep
27
answered What's a good choice for a baby's first sign in sign language?
Sep
19
comment how do I help my 4.5 year old socially?
One possibility is that it is unrelated to language. If it is related to language, it may help to "warm up" by listening to English before a social event. Many multilinguals I know have a "warm up" period where the words in the other language don't flow as quickly. For adults speaking a weak language this warm up effect can be quite pronounced (e.g. it takes me literally a few hours of listening to Russian to resume speaking my broken but serviceable Russian)
Jun
28
answered Cartoons in a language that neither parent speaks?
May
19
comment How to teach a toddler a second (foreign) language?
She said she's teaching her child Russian, (and successfully) so this isn't like she's denying her child a native tongue.
May
16
answered How to read an English story book to the kid when we don't talk in English at home?
May
8
awarded  Editor