Post # 1
This was just a random thought I wanted other’s takes on. I’m chinese but i speak hokkien (not the typical cantonese or mandarin) and i would like to speak it to my future children (not for another 6 years at least). SO is a mix of europeans but only speaks english and doesn’t really care what language i speak to them as long as they understand english (obvy).
I think it’s a good way for SO to learn basic phrase s and i just think passing on the language is a great way for them to stay in touch with their culture.
Anyone planning to speak to their kids in a language other than english that your significant other is not fluent in?
Post # 3
@kerpao: This is an interesting one. My DH is Chinese and I speak English. I want him to speak Chinese to any future kids and I will speak English, however my Chinese is currently very basic. I have some doubts about kids speaking any language I don’t but I guess the way round that is for me to get my act together and start learning Mandarin properly.
Post # 4
Both my FI and I are boring Americans but we both wish our children grew up in a bilingual household. I think it’s becoming more and more important as our world is becoming smaller and it gives your children such a better grasp on world cultures, etc. even if they aren’t speaking mandarin, I imagine knowing hokkien would be a huge advantage for them when they grow older.
Post # 5
P.s. I’m an ESL teacher abroad so it’s something I’ve obviously thought about a lot. I’m also trying to learn Vietnamese right now and I think exposing your children to another language when they are young (ESPECIALLY a non romance language) will be great in many different ways.
Post # 6
Since we will be bringing our children up in Australia, we figure they will learn English regardless, but we would prefer their home language be German. FI’s family always spoke German at home and he wants our children to be fluent in it, since they will be eligible for German citizenship. But they will also be expected to learn a third language of their choosing.
Post # 7
I want to speak Hebrew to my kids and have FI speak English to them so that they’ll learn both at the same time. FI is not too keen on the idea because he thinks I mispronounce certain words because I learned Hebrew first. Honestly, it’s b/c he’s not from NY and I am and so I have a slight accent. I think he’s more nervous that I’ll be able to speak a 2nd language to our kids that he won’t understand. He has been picking up some Hebrew here and there, but he has a lot to learn if he wants to be fluent. That’s what Rosetta Stone was made for, right? lol
Post # 8
If you are a parent and speak multiple languages, please pass them on to your child. My mother is Puerto Rican and did not teach me a lick of Spanish. I wish she did. Of course I know the basics from school, but I’d love to be fluent. Not only is it great to teach them for knowledge and to know their heritage, but it will help them so much later down the road in whatever career field they go into. (:
Post # 9
My FI and I are both Vietnamese-American so we will both be speaking Vietnamese to our children. However, my FI is also fluent in Spanish, and I desperately want to learn so our kids can learn to speak multiple languages. My goal is three years and Rosetta Stone!
Post # 10
my fiance and i are both mexican. he’s fluent in spanish, i don’t speak it as well as i would like (but i try). we’re going to try our hardest to raise our kids to be bilingual.
Post # 11
FI and I both speak Spanish fluently because we are both Hispanic. We want our future kids to know Spanish, English, and learn a 3rd language possibly French.
Post # 12
my fiance is puerto rican and ecuadorian, and is fluent in spanish. i can understand spanish, and can speak it at a conversational level. our ideal for our future children is for him to converse with them in spanish, and for me to converse with them in sign language and spoken english, most likely pse because that bettter supports english language structure. . i i grew up with an english speaking mom and a nigerian igbo speaking dad, and one of my biggest regrets in life is not understanding or speaking igbo, even in my job as a sailor, being fluent wouldve greatly enhanced my career. so i guess ill be making grandpa call daily and speaking to the kids in igbo lol. my mother said it best, start your kids out in a different language at home because growing up in america, going to american schools, they will learn and become fluent in english.
Post # 13
@futuremrsk18: Does rosetta stone actually work?
This question’s open to anyone! When i think about it, i’m not even 100% fluent in hokkien, maybe 95% because the other 5% is mixed with tagalog.
Post # 14
Both Mr CL and I are English but I speak French and German relatively fluently. Whilst we’ll speak English to our kids at home I would love to support them in learning other languages from an early age as I can see the huge benefits it will bring them throughout life, and I hope we’ll be in a position where we can do so. If I were in a multi-cultural relationship I would 100% encourage them to be bilingual at home.
ETA: By ‘relatively fluently’ I mean I understand French and German much better than I speak them
Post # 15
I am Dominican American and my husband is Polish. I would love for our future children to speak English, Spanish, and Polish. I speak to my husband in Spanish sometimes. He understands a bit. I also hear my husband speaking Polish and ask him what certain words mean, so i understand a bit of Polish as well.
Post # 16
My children will obviously learn English, but my FH is Brazilian so they will also be fluent in Portuguese. I need to get cracking on learning Portuguese myself because I’d like to be able to speak to my children in both languages. I think it’s very important for children to be bilingual whether or not their parents are, so if there are two languages being spoken in the home then they will already be that much better off.