Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: kate | 2008-11-19

Q.

multilingual-speech problem

Hi, im a bid worried about my 17months lol about her speech and ability to talk, i speak tswana wih her , father speaks tsonga and nanny speaks tswana/venda with her, she'  s very health and brilliant cause she can hear all of us and able to understand what ever we say to her, my worry is that though she can hear and understand all languages, wont this make it difficult for her to talk properly since she wont know what language to speak? by now she can say at least 10 separate words and speaks greek(childish language) when communicating.

am i being too paronoid for nothing?
kate

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

There is no need to be concerned. As you say your little girl is very clever.Children have an amazing ability to learn more than one language at once at this age.

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