When you end up talking another language with your kids…

31 Jul

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Expat Since Birth

This post is for this month’s Raising Multilingual Children Blogging Carnival hosted by Headoftheheard. This month’s theme is “Hidden Opportunities”. 


When you are multilingual and start having kids, you have to choose which language you’ll talk to your children. Linguists always recommend to talk your “mothertongue” to you children. But which is the mothertongue if you are perfectly bilingual? In my case: should I talk Italian or German to my kids?

When our son was born, we lived in Italy and as Italian is one of my mother tongues, it was very natural for me to talk Italian to him from the beginning. Our home languages were Italian (me and my son), Swissgerman (my husband and my son) and German (my husband and me) and we were convinced that he would pick up German automatically too.

When we moved to the Netherlands our son was 2.5 years old…

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4 responses to “When you end up talking another language with your kids…

  1. expatsincebirth

    August 1, 2013 at 1:59 am

    Thank you very much for reblogging my post! I’m very glad that you liked it 😉


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      August 1, 2013 at 9:04 am

      Ohhh… it’s my pleasure to share… I did like it, a lot, and related to it, as well. Your post then led me to the Blogging Carnival, and I also enjoyed all the posts over there. Thanks again for sharing – it gave the oportunity to find other blogs, with similar goals/subjects, including another bilingual Brazilian-born blogger. The communitity is getting larger and more interesting, which is fantastic. I’m quite a fan of your blog, and I’m always visiting for ideas/inspiration. Take care, Raquel 😮


      • expatsincebirth

        August 5, 2013 at 5:53 pm

        Thank you, Raquel! That means really a lot to me! 🙂 I’m glad you found other like-minded bloggers.



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