Here are some tips to creating a multilingual house:
- playing music in the secondary or tertiary language, for Spanish I’ve been playing Maná or Julieta Venegas and looking up lyrics.
- Naming body parts in each language , bonus points for directional words (besides, on top, below etc.).. were not at cardinal directions yet,
- Counting and using ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, etc.)
- Nursery rhymes
- Bilingual books, or make your own with alphabets or numbers (I’m slacking on my Thai literacy)
- Telling baby what you’re doing and what they’re doing.
- Labeling things. Telling them object names. I would want some tags when he’s literate in the different languages with coordinating colors later for his room. Or a word wall, I’m still figuring it out.
- Converse! Have conversations with other speakers and of course your baby. You can’t learn a language fully, if you don’t speak!
We have a lot going on because my mom is a native Thai speaker, so I speak Thai whenever I’m with her. My mom also watches Buddha while I work so he invariably hears Thai throughout the day.
My dad speaks Spanish but not very frequently outside of his family so I’ll narrate things were doing in Spanish or talk to him here and there in Spanish, we get the most exposure through music and reading (I bought a lot of bilingual books off of eBay).
I guess we won’t see the results of the leg work for awhile until then I’m going to watch Univision news because it’s better/ more honest than its English counterparts.
Have any tips you’d like to share with me? Comment or message me. My ig handle is @tinyjune 🤗
The main picture is a cultural outfit of folks from northern Thailand.