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How about your kids?

How old are they? And if they are already school age, what schools are they going to? International one's or local one's? How do your kids like living here?

Mine are twins boys age 4, they really don't know any better yet, they are just
learning to talk swiss german (kind of funny let me tell you) They speak a sentence in english mixed with swiss, just a parent could understand... LOL

so now tell me, about your kids.....
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Re: How about your kids?

Not old enough to speak - only 15months. But we was genuinely impressed when we got a ride on the neighbours (and landlords) tractor yesterday. He understands danish, greek, english and swiss-german. Probably more by intuition and pitch than anything else :-)
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Re: How about your kids?

Uh, that is - Aksel, my son, was genuinely impressed - and he is the one (not my landlord) that manages to understand greek etc. My landlord only does danish, german, and english. I think.
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Re: How about your kids?

OMG, so your son understand greek, danish, swiss german and english???? That is awesome

My boys Luca and Misha speak english, understand swiss german but still do NOT talk it yet, well it is actually funny they speak english and once in awhile you hear a word in swiss... cracks me up
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Re: How about your kids?

I would love to think that your son is able to understand all those languages.

However, the speech centre in the brain at this age is not fully developed, so the boy can't really tell the difference, he merely responds to facial expressions and pitch.

On the plus side, research has shown that exposure at an early age to many languages helps to develop the language learning skill...So if you continue surrounding your children with all these different languages then later in life they will find it much easier to pick up a new language!

It certainly made my life easier!
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Re: How about your kids?

I hope you are right Lynn. When we still lived in California, my nanny only
spoke spanish. So while i was at work the kids grew up hearing spanish.

My boys are so speech delayed, but part of it, because they are twins... but
i also believe some of the reason of them being delayed in talking is because
they grew up with too many languages at once. I guess it does not affect
all children, just mine??? CRY.......
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Re: How about your kids?

Well actually, the scientific world doesn't always agree. Some say its bad for kids, and some say its good. The problem with studies is that the researcher often sets out to prove his or her point... so the data presented is often quite biased!

Having said that my brothers and I and my brother's kids have all grown up speaking two lanuages and usually our nanny spoke a third. My brothers and I all find learning languages easy but he youngest of my nephews refuses to speak anything but german so maybe he can't cope....
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Re: How about your kids?

I think you are right, each child is different I think it is wonderful when kids grow up speaking more than one language. I always regret not having learned italian. I used to not like this language, NOW i love it.

Well i hope that my boys will pick it up, they are suppose to get some speech therapy shortly.

And yes i have heard the same, some specialist saying that it is not good to teach kids at a young age more than one language, just never know, one time this is good for you, next it can kill you LMAO LMAO
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Re: How about your kids?

Lynn do you have any kids????????
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Re: How about your kids?

hi nathalie,

no, not only your children...by good friend married an american and lives in states...as her husband is often away she spoke with her kids english and croatian as well...but, then suddenly they were as well speech delayed and she has done therapy as well...a therapyst told her to choose one and stick to it...so, they are fine now and talking english...
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Re: How about your kids?

Yep i am having the same problem. Still awaiting the approval for speech therapy for the boys. I was going through a whole ordeal.
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Re: How about your kids?

Hi,

We've got a 22-month old boy who we speak to in french and english. He understands most things, but doesn't speak much besides the very basics (daddy, cookie, computer, etc.). Probably he will be late speaking, but this is not a big problem for us - I myself didn't say a word until I was four years old.

Talk to you later,
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Re: How about your kids?

Hi ben

You did not start to speak until 4 years old? Any particular reason? I am just asking as my kids have a serious problem with the speech/language
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Re: How about your kids?

Probably my parents dropped me on my head too many times

No, seriously, I guess I couldn't be bothered. Interesting was that I could read during this time, but couldn't speak. Even now I'm more of a visual-type of person than a verbal-type. I've had some experience though with speech therapists (one of my brothers had a stroke, and went through some speech therapy while learning to speak again) but mostly they're full of crap - it seems to be very much a pseudo-science. The speech therapist was convinced that no one in the family could speak correctly and that we all needed speech therapy

Though I'm sure things have improved since then (circa 1982)
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Re: How about your kids?

My son was born here but just as he was starting to learn Swiss German in Kindergarten we went to Belgium for 1 1/2 years. Now we have been back for almost 2 years but now in school everybody speaks standard German and since he is a native (standard) German speaker the kids think it´s cool to speak standard with him all the time.

Of course he understands dialect but does not want to speak it. I on the other hand want to learn it now. I´ll start a course at Migros Klubschule in October. I hate it when the Swiss are being friendly and talk Hochdeutsch with me.
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Re: How about your kids?

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I´ll start a course at Migros Klubschule in October. I hate it when the Swiss are being friendly and talk Hochdeutsch with me.
Hi Spinelli, I know this is a bit off-topic because my reply isn't about kids (sorry - I don't have any that I know about). I actually find the opposite situation, often the Swiss speak to me in dialect.... Actually you know what - I'm going to start a new thread for this.. Here it is:

[Learn] Swiss German or High German

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