1. Country you live in: Germany
2. Languages the family speaks: Ukrainian / English / German
3. Age of the child: 6 months
4. Language system (OPOL, ML@H or any other method): none
I'm Canadian of Ukrainian heritage and speak Ukrainian very well (but not fluently). My husband is Ukrainian and speaks English very well (but not fluently). We live in Germany and speak predominantly Ukrainian to each other. Our daughter is 6 months old and spends most of her time with me, as her father is away a lot on business. (Therefore, the OPOL approach would not work for us).
We would like our daughter to speak English and Ukrainian bilingually. German will be introduced later through daycare and school.
How to best develop a system where I systematically speak both Ukrainian and English to our daughter (with as little language mixing as possible)? One approach I thought of is to speak Ukrainian during the week to her and English on the weekends. Has anyone tried this?
One thing to note in our situation is that although I would like the child's English to eventually be at the same level as her Ukrainian, I feel that Ukrainian will have to be emphasized MORE in the home than English, since there will be much less chance of her learning it through other sources (unlike English).
Any advice on our situation and which approach to take is much appreciated!