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My husband and i are living in Finland. My husband is finnish, i am belgian. Our common language is english.

We are soon to be parents and i we will talk our own language to the child. So i will be talking flemish (more naturally would be my west-flemish dialect, but don't know if thats good or not) and my husband finnsh. I am learning finnish since 3 weeks now in an intensive, daily course. Is it a problem that i'm not really gonna speaking finnish well? And my husband no flemish either?


Erik K
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I think it is great that you want to teach Dutch. Is there a dialect which is considered most common and standard throughout the Netherlands and Flanders? If so, could you speak that to the child? That way, he/she learns the most widely useful version of the language. But it probably is no big deal; speak your west-flemish dialect if you prefer it.

Your child will need to learn English, so I think your husband should speak that to the child at least when at home, and maybe also outside of the house.

I am assuming that your husband's Finnish relatives, plus the children that your child will meet, plus the television, will give your child enough exposure to Finnish.
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