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Response to whathehell (Reply #18)

Wed May 18, 2016, 11:45 PM

36. Two languages

I think 2 languages in a classroom setting could be daunting, but I've been working with a family of Polish immigrants who came here about 15 years ago. The mother, have become more comfortable with English, her oldest son speaks with a slight accent, the younger son is fluent (you can't tell he ever lived anywhere else), her daughter is also fluent and about 8 years ago she married another immigrant from an Arab country (just don't know which country he's from). So in the daughters house, three languages are spoken, the adults struggle, but the 5 year old boy shifts easily between the languages. Of course, he's 5 and has been hearing all three since he was born.

I'm not sure why you want to learn 2 languages at once, however, I suppose a lot would have to do with necessity. An urgent need would be much more motivating than a desire to study languages. I'm not criticizing the desire, I just know how languages studies have affected me. I find it's easier to read foreign languages than to properly spell the words. I was ok with French and English until I studied Romanian. I think Romanian is lovely to the ear, but I make far too many mistakes in French and English, I'm constantly checking dictionaries. Perhaps because Romanian was the last language I studied, and I'm getting old.

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