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This is a long shot. Anyone’s spouse bilingual but you’re not? So you learned the language while baby did and tried to only speak it. I feel like I am over planning. But Spanish alone from dad isn’t enough. And i want to give the gift of bilingual.

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No, but I know someone who did this with Spanish. Kid was also in an immersion school. The non native speaker struggled once the kid was a bit older since their Spanish was still pretty basic and heavily accented.

On the other hand I know several families where each parent speaks one language exclusively to the kids and the kids are bilingual, so don’t let just dad speaking Spanish discourage you!

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Yeah. His brother spoke exclusively Spanish, but the kids never speak it and aren’t very good. I think now they may be doing immersion learning. I know all the cousins are now in bilingual classes. But they are 6-13.

A personal goal of mine is to also learn it to some level of fluency.

Thank you!

Actually, you are mistaken. It’s best to compartmentalize when raising a bilingual child. English and Spanish coming from one person all mixed up is confusing. There needs to be an English speaking person and a Spanish speaking person in order for your child to best differentiate between the two. Or a Spanish time and an English time. Mixing it all up makes it difficult to differentiate.

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That would help them learn Spanish but what about English? Whatever you do, the best recommendation is have specific times for each language. Don’t switch back and forth.

I’m a native Spanish speaker with one parent who is also a native speaker and the other parent who still 40 years later can only master the bare minimum.

The same will be happening in my household- I speak Spanish my husband does not. I will speak Spanish to the baby and he will speak English (and try to learn Spanish as well). We will also make sure that our children take Spanish in school so they get all of the proper gramatical exposure (and writing in particular)

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I speak English, my husband speaks Spanish and our day care provider speaks Armenian and Farsi, so our daughter (22 months) knows all 4! Kids are amazingly good at picking up new languages.

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