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geekette Sat 19-Jan-13 19:04:17

huge sigh of relief!
it's hard when they can't communicate back what works and what doesn't.

noramum Sat 19-Jan-13 16:15:34

We are slightly different, home language is German but outside I will speak English to DD if required.

We joined a couple of music classes and did baby singing when DD was small so obviously I needed to join in in English. No problems whatsoever.

Why keeping to OPOL is good it shouldn't restrict you daily life.

natation Sat 19-Jan-13 13:01:00

I think sticking to OPOL for every single little detail of your life is rather going against common sense? People all over the world sing songs in languages they don't understand, they don't become fluent in those languages as a result and neither I think does it do them any harm.

It is pretty amazing how quickly children can copy words when they are sung though. I work with a child who most definitely is on the autistic spectrum, he can sing far better than he can talk and pronounce sounds when sung better than when he says them without music. A new boy with no English started this week, 5 minutes after finishing a music session, he was the only one still singing and repeating, will be quite some time before he understands it of course!

JBrd Fri 18-Jan-13 23:23:39

Will be watching this with interest. I'm Swiss and speak German with DS, DH speaks English. I sing in both languages, maybe even more in English because I'm struggling to remember the German ones grin I'm thinking, as long as you sing anything, hopefully it doesn't matter which language...

geekette Fri 18-Jan-13 20:37:35

my dh speaks French to our lo who is almost 5 months old whereas I speak English to her.

we both like to sing to her and have done this since she was born. but do we need to stick to one parent one language when singing as well? I find some of the French songs better for soothing her. will she get confused if the French parent sings in English and vice versa?

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