Friday, 6 November 2009

Proof is in the bilingual pudding

Anyone who reads this blog knows that I am intrigued (obsessed?) and proud of my bilingual 3 year old. Up until now, I've written down examples of what she says but here for the first time, drum roll please, is Suzanne showing her stuff in a short video in French where she serenades her baby brother and a longer video (3 minutes - you've been warned!) in English in which she tells a story to my mother. Both of these videos were taken back in August after 3 weeks of intense English with my mother.


A little background for anyone who might be reading this for the first time, we're raising our children in an OPOL home. Suzanne has been in a French environment 80% of the time (since I work full time). At home, she hears me speaking English; we have some English speaking friends who we see about once a week; we watch TV and read books in English.

Since she's started school, her French is taking over certain parts of her speech, but I am still so really very proud of my little girl.








3 comments:

L said...

That story is too precious! There's a video of me at 3 or 3 1/2 explaining what I wanted for Christmas and it was about as coherent as Suzanne's story of the dirty pizza (and I was only in contact with English speakers), so don't worry too much about her being behind. There was a video on Facebook a while ago of a little French girl just a bit older than Suzanne who told a story about animals that was hilarious. I wonder if it's floating around the internet....

Emmy said...

Great videos. Thanks for posting them up!

How does she react when she hears you speaking French? Does she think it's weird, or myabe she doesn't notice?

Reb said...

I asked her the other day if she liked me better in French or English and she replied French. I try not to speak any French to her, in fact as soon as I see her, my brain flips into English immediately. But since school, I've had to speak to her in French a couple times and each time, she's looked at me and responded in English.

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