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Kathy Hines
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Hi this is my story.  I am a non-native french speaker still learning.  I have lessons every week with a native speaker and as I go along I am teaching my children (3 boys).  I go to a french playgroup with my youngest 3.5yrs now for 1 year where I speak french for practice and also to hear a good accent.  I listen to french radio; my son watches french DVDs; I have a few language exchange email friends and always search out people when I am out and about to speak french with me.  It is something I have always wanted to do but I am always looking for inspiration.  At the moment I am enquirying into the local bilingual school which we are lucky to have not far from us.  My husband is very supportive but sometimes I know he is fed up.  My son's preschool think he needs to see a speech therapist because his speech is a bit delayed but not inaudible.  He is going extremely otherwise with all the usual activities.  Is there anyone out there doing the same thing as me. I have read all the FAQs and reports on the website  I would just like to know that I am doing something worthwhile because sometimes it gets really frustrating.  My french is improving slowly all the time.  I also read lots of french books to my youngest because he just loves it.
Kathy Hines
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I also forgot to say that we live in Sydney, Australia where although we are a very multicultural society english is still very much the main language and most people have english as their primary language.
cynthia
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Hi,I'm a no-native french speaker.As we moved to Québec ,my husband and I decided to speak in french with our son but we continue to speak Spanish between us. He started speaking a little later than other children,but we are proud that today he is fluent in both languages french and Spanish.
Go on!! your effort Will pay off!!
Kathy
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Hi, Thanks so much for your encouragement - we are going well with the french now and have just found out that all our boys (3) can go to the french bilingual school which is close by so I am very pleased about that.  It is hard work always but also very rewarding.  If you had asked me five years ago if I would be doing something like this I would have said no!  I cannot believe what a voyage of discovery this has taken us on and it just gets better.  Good luck to you as well.  Thanks Kathy x

Ann
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Quote:
Originally Posted by cynthia
Hi,I'm a no-native french speaker.As we moved to Québec ,my husband and I decided to speak in french with our son but we continue to speak Spanish between us. He started speaking a little later than other children,but we are proud that today he is fluent in both languages french and Spanish.
Go on!! your effort Will pay off!!
Hi Cynthia:  I am wondering how old your son was when you started speaking French to him.  If it was a little later, had he heard the language before or was it an abrupt change for him?  Thanks, Ann
Nancy
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Hello devoted moms!

I also have a question for Cynthia :

So you acheved bilingualism with your kids without having to send you kids to the minority immersion local school?

We live in Okotoks,south of Calgary,Canada,English is the main language here and I dont like the immersion school it is run down and far

I'd love to have hope that there other ways to achieve bilingualism with young children

 

thanks!

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