Today we have a guest post by my blogging friend Jasmine from Love, Live, Laugh, & Motherhood. Her husband is trilingual but since she´s not this might cause some hilarious but also challenging situations at home.
Can I just start by saying, I have an amazing husband?
He really is – highly intelligent, super sweet, entirely considerate…and trilingual. My husband, like myself, is American. But he speaks fluent German (learned in High School), and Russian (acquired through his service in the Marines). It’s not the main reason I married him, but it’s pretty high on the list. They say opposites attract, and in this case, I’m the exact opposite: I can only speak one language (English, my native) fluently, and while I know a little Spanish, I couldn’t travel with it.
So, what does this mean for our son, who just turned a year old; or, better question, what does it really mean for me?
My husband is very adamant on teaching all three languages to our child. I totally agree because it will not only give him valuable tools for his future, but we also think by teaching other languages and cultures, he will become a “more rounded” adult. But the problem? I don’t speak 2/3 of them.
It’s awkward enough when his friends (One-our child’s Godfather, who speaks primarily English and Farsi, and then the other, a former host-brother from Germany) are around. I can only understand a quarter of the conversation if everyone isn’t speaking complete English. Predicting the future, it’s gonna be even more awkward when I have a hormonal teenager muttering words under his breath he knows I don’t understand. Hilarious to a point, as I’ll probably have to coerce him into repeating it on camera so I can ask his dad later, but still awkward.
So the problem doesn’t lie with our son. It lies within me. His young brain is so sponge-like, he will be able to pick up on alternative languages quickly, while I will take much longer and require more effort. He will have no problem transitioning between dialects, as I will struggle with my accent.
So we will have to learn together. At some point, I will plateau, while he will keep gaining ahead and I might even reach a point where I can’t learn more. I’ll get him to help me. It’ll be a fun family experience for us all, something to work toward and enjoy. Hopefully, …wish me luck.
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Jasmine is a young newlywed wife and first time mom. She’s a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, ear gauged potty mouth wine enthusiast, who enjoys Netflix and baby snuggles. Her blog can be found at Love, Life, Laugh & Motherhood. You can also follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and make sure to follow her blog´s page on Facebook.