Planning ahead for the arrival of our children is important in a multilingual marriage. Although things may just fall into place once our children arrive, it sure helps to have a language plan worked out with our spouse ahead of time!
Frank and his fiancée are doing what they can to plan things out now but they are a little worried about what to expect. What advice can you give them? What would you have done the same and/or differently if you could start over again?
Dear Multilingual Living,
I’m Chilean, so Spanish is my mother tongue. My fiancée is German so she speaks German, obviously. We met in Chile while she taught English. Our relationship grew in English since we are both fluent in that language. She knows a little Spanish and I know a little German.
We started planning our life together and of course the question popped up: How are we gonna raise our kids? What languages are we going to teach them? Is it possible to teach them 3 languages?
This has been overwhelming me a little. Also the thought that my family will not be able to understand my kids if they only know English and German and vice versa, if they only know Spanish and English my “family-in-law” will not understand them. I need a little orientation here.
Thanks in advance,
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