Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: lienkie | 2010-11-05

Q.

language

can someone help me with this, i am afrikaans, my partner english, i speak english to him and its almost become my mother tongue. our baby is 4 months old, and he speaks english and i also, but sometimes i speak afrikaans to her. her daymother speaks afrikaans, but we speak only english at home. if i say one word in afrkaans, a huge fight starts,as my partner thinks this is wrong for her, and that shes going to struggle when she gets older. i want her to be fluent in both languages, but english being the main language. can you give me some advice please. im sick of the fighting

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

There should be no fighting about this. Babies have an amazing ability to learn languages and your baby will learn both English and Afrikaans and be fluent in both.You both need to relax about this as it really is not worthwhile making yourselves unhappy about which language is used and when.

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