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George Rivers

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polyglot nomadic children
« on: January 08, 2018, 06:25:35 PM »
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Being a bilingual couple, I believe you speak English to Jr and Winnie speaks Mandarin to him.  Does this confuse Jr when encountering third languages, or do you both speak English to him now?

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Re: polyglot nomadic children
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2018, 06:48:03 PM »
I only speak English and Winnie only speaks Chinese with Jr.

Jr primarily speaks Chinese (the mother tongue...) but speaks English perfectly when he wants to. He speaks a little Japanese with the Japanese girl in our building, sings a couple Korean songs, and says good-bye in a ton of different languages (Au revoir, ciao, adios, sayōnara... he'll use the appropriate word based on who he is speaking with.)

This is as natural as walking for him. If he sees Western people he will start speaking English. When in Japan he would try speaking Chinese with people, and when they looked confused he would switch to English.