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Teaching your kid a language.

Postby super_dad » Mon Jan 07, 2008 2:42 pm

While my girl was growing up, I try not to confuse her with too many languages...and focused on her English. However when she is older, naturally her chineses is not good.

Just wondering what are the strategy you guys adopted?

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Postby phantom » Mon Jan 07, 2008 2:49 pm

Well, I spoke to my kid in Chinese, my wife spoke in english, my parents (looking after my kid) speak in cantonese. And of course he spoke english in his nursery.

My wife and myself used to speak to him in English, because we send him to some course that is in English, and we are afraid he doesn't understand, so switch to full English. That is bad choice man, now he speak Chinese with English essence :roll:

And I play French and Jap CDs, hopefully he pick some up.

Goodness. Are you training to become a translator? or Jason Bourne?

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Postby ChiefKiasu » Mon Jan 07, 2008 9:14 pm

Goodness... what are you training your kid to be? A translator or an oriental Jason Bourne?

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Postby super_dad » Tue Jan 08, 2008 9:42 am

Actually I am astound with some of her classmates...their language is clearly very powerful. I found this out cos I peeked into some of their school blogs. Some of the kids can write as well as I can. :shock:

Wondering if it was actually done by some kiasu parents? haha.

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Postby phantom » Tue Jan 08, 2008 7:50 pm

ChiefKiasu wrote:Goodness... what are you training your kid to be? A translator or an oriental Jason Bourne?

Not really lah, it is just that kids seems to pick up language quite fast, so I think I should not waste their inborn talent for language. Just blast them at least with some as much language as possible and see if he can pick it up

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Postby ChiefKiasu » Tue Jan 08, 2008 8:14 pm

super_dad wrote:Actually I am astound with some of her classmates...their language is clearly very powerful. I found this out cos I peeked into some of their school blogs. Some of the kids can write as well as I can. :shock:

Wondering if it was actually done by some kiasu parents? haha.


Trust me. It is really done by the kids themselves. I myself was skeptical and hounded my son's Pri 2 teacher to show me prove that the kids at class can write so well. She responded by giving me a photocopy a couple of essays from the kids, written under exam conditions. That shut me up real good.

We are pre-historic compared to the new generation of kids. Time to move aside for the real geniuses.

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Postby phantom » Wed Jan 09, 2008 4:28 pm

Yes, I got this calendar that consist of drawings that were done by kids, and boy, there was one done by a 3 years old that I don't believe it can be done by such a small kid. And my kid can't even color within borders properly. Man, I wonder how they do it.

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Postby super_dad » Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:11 pm

phantom wrote:Yes, I got this calendar that consist of drawings that were done by kids, and boy, there was one done by a 3 years old that I don't believe it can be done by such a small kid. And my kid can't even color within borders properly. Man, I wonder how they do it.


Well...I have even seen Elephants paint. Once you see that, you will believe anything.

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Postby mintcc » Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:19 am

I think the key to learning langauge is practise and exposure lah. Esp for young kids exposing them to as many language as there are is good.

It will be good if my kid knows more languages, but minimum hope he will be good in both Chinese and English.

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Re: Teaching your kid a language.

Postby jedamum » Mon Feb 18, 2008 10:06 am

'Plan A' - I spoke to my K1 boy in Chinese when he was an infant up to a toddler. Then at a certain point, somehow i lost focus and he geared towards speaking English (probably influenced by his grandparents and also the school community). Then trying to do damage control, I implemented 'Plan B'- boy to speak to mummy in Mandarin and daddy in English. Worked for a while until boy complained that daddy always not around (working) to speak in English. Then 'Plan C' - certain days of the week is 'Speak English' day and some are 'Speak Mandarin' day.

Although now we have scraped 'Plan C', and boy still speaks English at home, his pronunciation for mandarin improved (without the western-accent) since enrolling boy in Chinese enrichment.

Boy now interested in Hokkien. So now is 'A-Hokkien-word-a-day' strategy.

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