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Learning Dialect

Postby Ma Ma Mia » Fri Jul 18, 2014 9:36 pm

Hi all,

Wondering what are your thoughts on teaching our children dialects? I am Hakka but children do not speak it. Relatives in Malaysia all do but Singapore seems to be more ang moh...they seem to be ok without it...DH does not make them learn his dialect either.

Sometimes I feel a little bit of Hokkien or Canto is useful (maybe to watch dramas). :rotflmao:

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Re: Learning Dialect

Postby starlight1968sg » Fri Jul 18, 2014 9:38 pm

My teenage girl speaks dialect from young, though not as fluent as us.

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Re: Learning Dialect

Postby Ma Ma Mia » Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:30 pm

starlight1968sg wrote:My teenage girl speaks dialect from young, though not as fluent as us.


When did she start learning? I'm just scared it's too late to start!

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Re: Learning Dialect

Postby starlight1968sg » Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:38 pm

Ma Ma Mia wrote:
starlight1968sg wrote:My teenage girl speaks dialect from young, though not as fluent as us.


When did she start learning? I'm just scared it's too late to start!

It is never too late to start. Just start talking to your child now.

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Re: Learning Dialect

Postby janet88 » Sat Jul 19, 2014 2:33 pm

My kids understand Cantonese...speak a little.
They learnt from young...I spoke to hubby in Cantonese when we do not want kids/maid to know...then they also picked it up :slapshead:

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Re: Learning Dialect

Postby starlight1968sg » Sat Jul 19, 2014 2:35 pm

janet_lee88 wrote:My kids understand Cantonese...speak a little.
They learnt from young...I spoke to hubby in Cantonese when we do not want kids/maid to know...then they also picked it up :slapshead:

haha... with kids knowing dialect, now you may have to learn another language to talk to your hubby if you do not want your kids to know.

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Re: Learning Dialect

Postby janet88 » Sat Jul 19, 2014 2:39 pm

starlight1968sg wrote:
janet_lee88 wrote:My kids understand Cantonese...speak a little.
They learnt from young...I spoke to hubby in Cantonese when we do not want kids/maid to know...then they also picked it up :slapshead:

haha... with kids knowing dialect, now you may have to learn another language to talk to your hubby if you do not want your kids to know.

Told hubby we have to learn Malay soon...since no more maid.

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Re: Learning Dialect

Postby starlight1968sg » Sat Jul 19, 2014 2:41 pm

Heh janet,
Good point, a strong motivation to pick up another language :P

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Re: Learning Dialect

Postby janet88 » Sat Jul 19, 2014 2:48 pm

starlight1968sg wrote:Heh janet,
Good point, a strong motivation to pick up another language :P

Kids are mischievous...the more you don't want them to know, they work harder to understand. But when you want them to work hard, they don't.

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Re: Learning Dialect

Postby starlight1968sg » Sat Jul 19, 2014 2:51 pm

Can you imagine my girl is "learning" cantonese because she finds the HK tv drama so exciting? This is her motivation.

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