If you're a multilingual family, it's not a big step to raise multilingual children. It's just a matter of who speaks what to whom and staying consistent (which can be quite demanding when you're a minority speaker). If you and your partner are monolingual however, it might seem a lot more difficult. It might seem almost impossible for your child to grow up speaking different languages from a young age.
There are some easy ways to infuse other languages into your child's life.
- Buy songs and rhyme CD's in a different language
- Let your child watch TV in another language (most DVD have several language options, why not try them out
- If affordable, go on holiday abroad, and don't just stay inside the resort
- If you have native speakers over, ask them to speak their language to your child (they will understand more easily then you do)
- Find a foreign au pair and have her speak her language to your child
- Learn a new language together and use it (EG you learn Spanish together and use it to order paella at your local Spanish restaurant)
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