Trying bilingual

I would occasionally speak to Mersina in Greek but hadn’t fully made the transition until her first birthday. We were at a pub off Gloucester Road for Mersina’s birthday – just having a coffee – and we were sitting near a family where the mother spoke French to the two children and English to the rest of the family.

I guess that was the tipping point to the continued intention to do something about raising M as bilingual. I would actually love for her to speak French and Spanish as well but we will have to see about that. For now she understands a lot of what I say to her in Greek, she knows “pou einai…” (where is…) and various items. She knows good morning and good night etc but since she is not really speaking English yet either I am not quite sure how much she understands.

We will see. So far it has been easier than I thought and it makes me want to listen to more Greek music, read Greek and watch more Greek movies. We are a work in progress.

Here is an article on the benefits of bilingualism.

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2 Responses to Trying bilingual

  1. Judith says:

    Nice that you’re going to turn Mersina in a bilingual!

    As you probably know, my sons are bilingual.

    In England, they didn’t actually speak Dutch back to me, but I spoke Dutch to them most of the time, that way, they at least knew the language passively. And so they picked it up really fast when we moved to the Netherlands.

  2. Craig says:

    Helping your daughter be bilingual is one of the greatest gifts you can give her. It will be something she’ll thank you for, for the rest of her life.

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