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is this approach going to help her build connection with a basic vocabulary Yes should I try to broaden it as much as I can and as soon as I can? Yes. Progress the Russian and English vocabulary at the same pace and at whatever pace feels "natural". First of all, it's great that you are trying raise a bilingual child. This will be a great ...


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In our experience, the main reading-promoting activities at this early age were limited to reading aloud to children. We used good quality books with lots of pictures, often board books. Having the parent engaged in reading is important, so we always had a good supply of children's books that were also interesting to adults. At its best, reading to children ...


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There is no harm in broadening the second language (e.g., Russian) vocabulary. Numerous studies have shown that bilingual and monolingual children have similar overall vocabulary sizes (see, for example, De Houwer et al (2014), and Pino Escobar et al (2018)). REFERENCES: [...] our study finds no evidence of consistent differences between young bilinguals’ ...


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when to start reading books to a child As soon as it's fun for everyone involved. 11 months is fine if you and your daughter enjoy it. and attempt teaching reading? Too early. At 11 month you should focus mainly on spoken word. Don't make it a chore or something with a learning goal. Cuddle, tickle, talk, look at pictures, play around with words, be silly....


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Pre-reading is definitely possible at 11 months. A bilingual child whom I take care of has been happily "reading" the logos of cars since about that age. As we walked down the street, I would point out the logo of each car and say "Audi" or "Mitsubishi" or whatever. Very soon, he was making identifiably unique noises for several ...


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Use books with good pictures as well as good stories In English children's books, I thoroughly recommend the various Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler books. Individually they're OK, but together they're brilliant. The illustrations not only show visually what the words are talking about, but also have a bunch of other details. Half the interaction when ...


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We live in Finland, have two kids and one of the parents speaks Finnish natively, the other one Spanish. We also speak each others' languages and English. Our policy is that both parents speak only their native language to the kids, maybe translating individual words if the kids previously know the word only in a different language, or to be very certain ...


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Teach your child as much as you can! There's no "risk" at all for her development. You might notice though that your child uses one language as "main", i.e. if you talk to her in Russian you might get a reply back in English. This is quite normal though for bilingual children and she will progress to full fluency and dual speech when she ...


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There are a lot of answers to the general question of how to raise a bilingual child, but I haven't seen anyone mention singing along to music which would be great at this age. Songs stick in memory longer and the repetitive nature of songs gives you that small vocabulary without getting boring. Anything that you can do to make Russian fun will help her ...


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As Stephie mentioned in the comments, don't worry. You live in an English-speaking country, and the child will pick up English without substantial problems. A certain delay is inevitable because you do not speak English at home. This delay is to be expected, and the child will "make up" for the lack of English at home by the time they spend 1-2 ...


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It would be an advantage for your daughter to learn Russian language as early as possible. You should concentrate on teaching her Russian, and broadening her vocabulary. She will learn English by herself in school. It's no problem. But she has a unique chance to learn a second language at home, that not many kids have. I would suggest reading Russian poetry ...


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Speaking from personal experience. We are a Russian-speaking family living in England. We wanted to ensure that our children speak Russian (we had twins). What we did was speak only Russian to them at home. When they went to nursery (kindergarden), they knew virtually no English words (other than their names maybe). It was an absolutely shock to them - ...


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We live in a somewhat similar situation, though both parents are Russian-speaking with children born in another country. We were advised to make a subconscious geographical boundary while they were young, with only Russian spoken at home (which is easy to do when everybody speaks it) - in particular with the goal that kids can communicate with their ...


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We have a number of questions on the topic of raising bilingual children, so it's worthwhile reading them, as you'll get a much better feel for associated benefits, challenges and issues. The simple answer from all questions on this topic is that reading books from a second language will generally not confuse children - they may well switch between languages ...


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I would recommend it, having grown up in a household where several languages were spoken, including languages my parents speak fairly fluently as well as some that were only dabbled in. It gave me both something general and something specific. The general advantage it gave me was an appreciation of different languages and language itself: how people use it, ...


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Should I speak German with my child given I am not a native speaker but C1 level? This depends on how "good" your German really is. "C1" isn't a particularly great metric for this. Small kids are great at learning multiple languages if it happens in a "natural" context, i.e. through daily interaction with a native speaker on ...


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I can totally relate, we are in exactly the same situation as you were: We recently moved to Canada from Germany and our 28-months-old son speaks only German. In situations with English-speaking kids or adults on playgrounds/ in playgroups, he clings to my arm and reacts slightly panicked when somebody addresses him in English, even though I translate for ...


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