We are looking for some advice.
We are both native english speakers living in France and both fluent in French.
We are expecting a baby and want to take advantage of us being bilingual living in France to raise the baby speaking French and English.
We are not sure how to go about this.
We understand that one option is the OPOL option = but are not sure who should "get to speak to the baby in French" given we are both about the same level in both languages. One speaks english with a British accent - the other speaks english with a Canadian english accent. We have about the same French accents. WE wondered that if we chose one of us to speak to the child in english - if she would grow up speaking with that parents english accent? Which might alienate the other parent.
Also - i grew up in a family that spoke a minority language at home while in a French Quebec Canadian community - and it took me many years to perfect my french since i always spoke english at home and tended to refuse to speak the community language to my parents - I did eventually perfect it - but with a lot of work - so I am concerned that a minority language at home scenario for our child would not work since it didnt work for me. To be fair, i was already 5 years old when my family moved to Quebec and placed me in French school so perhaps i was too old for the system to work? And our baby is yet to be born so would be born into the system from day 1 - Do you think that makes a difference?
We also dont know how long we will live in France - it will likely be long term - but are concerned that if plans change before baby perfects French and we move = what might happen.
So we wondered if the following would work:
We speak english as an entire family anytime we are at home.
Anytime we are out of the home (in the community) we speak french to eachother, our baby and those around us. Grocery shopping would be in French for example but bed time stories and dinner table discussions would be in english. Baby will be put in daycare from the age of 3 months in a french daycare so will have french 9 hours a day then whoever goes to pick her up = does so in French but upon arriving at home - switches to english.
Our question is which is a more dependable solution - minority language at home or the OPOL?
Daddy does music and sings so its important he sings with the baby -however he sings in english - so if we chose the OPOL system and he chose French as his language for baby - would he not be able to sing in English to the baby and would his singing confuse the baby?