My wife and I are adopting 2 children next week. One is a new born, the other is a two an a half year old boy who was raised in orphanage in rural Vietnam since birth.
My wife speaks fluent English and I speak Vietnamese well. I intend to use OPOL with the new born son. However I am unsure what to do with the two and a half year old.
He half hardly speaks Vietnamese because of the basic conditions of the orphanage and their model of raising the children there. So if I only spoke English with him it may be difficult, especially when everything will be new, new parents, new house, new environment.
I want to know what you suggest for him. should I speak Vietnamese with him untill he is comfortable with me and his new family and situation or should I start straight away only speaking english with him?
Thank you for your help.