Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Multi-lingual

My hubby and I speak Mandarin & English with Dillon since young, while my maids speaks Mandarin to him; as for in-laws, they speak in Hakka dialect.

Initially I was quite worried for Dillon that he might get confused with so many different languages and I'm really unsure which language is he going to be mastering when he speaks.

But then I realised that my worries is not necessary at all. At his age of 31-32 months now, he is picking up new words at a fast pace and he can understand words & sentences in different languages. :)

He also likes to imitate the way we talk to him, and he would say the same back at his sister Kaith: "no no don't touch this...", "go away, hot hot....mummy scold", "come down, mummy beat beat".

It's cute & funny to see when he acts & talks like a big brother. LOL

11 comments:

LittleLamb said...

Karen, yr myanmar maids can speak Mandarin? that's so so good....

Blessed mum said...

wow..your maid can speak Mandarin!? so good... don't wory too much abt exposing kids to many languages, they are like sponges, they will be able to absorb everything..its the adults that can't get used to it.

sting said...

ya ya I heard also that you don't have to worry about too many languages, they will be able to differentiate.. hehe, Dillon playing the big bro role ya :-)

karenyiau said...

Yup it's a good thing that they can speak mandarin. :)

Dillon is quite used to the different languages we speaks at home, I guess he should be able to pick up the languages next time.

Ann said...

You are so lucky that you can speak so many kinds of dialect to your kid!

They pick up REALLY fast when they are that age!

Yatie said...

karen, it's good to have kids to be multi lingual.
like my kids now they speak mandarin each other or with their frens or to me... english with us and malay to someone else.....u should proud

vickylow said...

Great that he able and got the opportunity to learn many languages.

淑惠 said...

is good to let the kids learn more than 1 language thru day to day communication.

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