When parents have two different languages it is normally advised that they use the OPOL principle: One parent, one language
Now, a parent speaking randomly two languages? I am sure that has already been done and that it is possible. Would be nice to hear from others that have or are raising multilingual kids.[/quote]
We're a multilingual/multi-cultured/adoptive family. Lots of "stuff" going on in our "mix" but it's just so normal for us and one that we, quite frankly, would not be able to find a "fix" for in a book! A website and mailing list that has been an invaluable source of support and knowledge for us is the bilingual families mailing list...send a bland email to, [email protected]
to go more info on the website and mailing list.
We use a mix of OPOL (Finnish and English) and [email protected]
(minority language at home) but we also have Saturday morning and bedtime story ml2 (Quebecois francais) time with Mommy as well as Sunday morning ml3 (German) with Daddy. We will soon be bringing our newly adopted son home and will thus add a children's level of Russian to the mix.
Our 4 yr old has never been "confused" with the languages because we've remained "strict" and consistent with the rules...inside our home is English with both Mommy and Daddy and we speak English (ml) as a family outside our home. He speaks ML with Daddy outside our home if I'm not in the picture. I speak only ml (English) with him and he speaks only ml with me. French and German are not completely fluent languages but he is able to identify, count and follow simple children's stories.
I would love to connect with other families who have found pediatricians and other medical professionals who were particularily supportive of raising multi-lingual kids. Perhaps it's our location (rather provincial Päijät-Häme) but every medical issue that arises somehow gets back to the thought that our multilingual home is somehow the underlying cause. With the addition of our youngest son coming very soon, we would just as soon bi-pass the predjudices and uneducated opinions of the so-called professionals and find doctors, etc, who are indeed supportive.
Any suggestions for speech-therpists who have experience with bi/multi-lingual kids?
We'd also like to connect with families who share our ml's with their kids and to ask if they've found children's activities in the community which are ml...ie...children's musical events, story time, etc.
Corinne and Martti