Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Michelle | 2008/09/02

Q.

Language

My son is three months old...we are an afrikaans sepaking family however my caregiver (nanny) is english and cannot speak afrikaans therefore speaks to him in english.....I am going back to work in a month where she will be looking after him. Will this affect his learning of afrikaans (lang) if he hears both at this stage? I am not sure if this could perhaps confuse him and cause him to ultimately mix up his language?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

You will be surprised to hear that your baby will not be at all affected by hearing his nanny speaking English to him during the day and you, his parents, speaking in Afrikaans when you come home. He will learn to speak both languages well.

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Posted by: Belinda | 2008/09/02

Nicky, you will find that he will understand both completly, but take longer to speak. I have a friend that only speaks portugese to her children and the dad only speaks english. They all only started speaking later but understood both languages completely and is now at 5 and 3 fluent in both languages.

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