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« on: March 14, 2011, 04:38:23 AM »

We are planning to start using LR when my grandaughter is 3 month. It will be the 12 month english curriculum. I would like to know when do you recomend to start with the Chinese Curriculum having in consideration that we live in a Spanish speaking country, english is a 2nd language for her mother and for me and no person around her speaks Mandarin.
Maybe when you sart with your baby there the Chinese curriculum was not available but if you were to start again, when would you decide to introduce Mandarin.
We are introducing some French since the first day with songs and later one will introduce DVD and books.Nevertheless LR will be used in english and later Chinese. Maybe older we will evaluate a french curriculum or dowload french material from the forum.
Please share your experience.
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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2011, 01:27:37 PM »

I keep noticing that no one has answered your question.  I certainly don't have the answer.  I'm just teaching my daughter to read in her native language (English) only.  But I do know that there are others on BrillKids who are teaching reading in more than one language.  Perhaps you should try this question in the "Teaching Languages" subject area.  Maybe they lurk more over there.

Good Luck, Lori

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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2011, 02:36:17 AM »

You could start it at anytime.
I don't have the Chinese curriculum but lately my daughter has had a fasination with Chinese.  I have some of the downloads and its hit or miss with the quality of sound , and the timing that its shown. I've only found maybe two that had perfect timing ( slowed down and clear pronunciation).
But I think that the Chinese curriculum probably has better sound quality than the LR downloads. 

Anyways I'm teaching my daughter both at the same time, and she seems to do just fine with it.

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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2011, 12:17:29 PM »

I think it really comes down to a time and priority decision.

I taught my son seven (and a few randoms) languages to varying degrees simultaneously and he has learned them all well to the extent that we bothered with them. That is the ones we had more tools for are stronger than those we didn't.

I'd look at all the things you want to do and see how much time you can devote to preparing etc and actually doing each task and see whether or not you are able to cope with such a timetable.

Personally if I had been able to get LR Mandarin at the same time as LR English I would have.

It also depends on why you want to teach the multiple languages. For me it wasn't about teaching him to be multi-lingual as a baby. We weren't actually attempting to teach him the languages I was a first time mum with a single Doman book in hand winging it and had read the lines in his book stating that they lose the sounds they don't hear in their everyday life. Hence the decision to get so many languages underway it was actually an attempt to build the pathways for later - little did I know he would learn them.

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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2011, 01:10:46 AM »

Thanks akalori for suggesting the move to the other topic and nhockaday for moving it.
Tracy, is any of those your native or local language ? Do you speak the other one or just follow the LR lessons or downloads withour speaking to much that language.?
Really that is what i am afraid off, if i could follo w the curriculum without being able to speak mandarin myself. I am sure i would not be able to learn as fast as my grandaughter could. 

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« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2011, 01:22:49 AM »

I taught my son seven (and a few randoms) languages to varying degrees simultaneously ....

Personally if I had been able to get LR Mandarin at the same time as LR English I would have.

It also depends on why you want to teach the multiple languages. For me it wasn't about teaching him to be multi-lingual as a baby. We weren't actually attempting to teach him the languages I ... had read the lines in his book stating that they lose the sounds they don't hear in their everyday life. Hence the decision to get so many languages underway it was actually an attempt to build the pathways for later - little did I know he would learn them.
TmS,
Do you speak all the 7 languages you decided to teach your son?  How old was him when you start teaching him?

My idea on teaching my grandsons language is exactly the same as you express. I want them to have the foundations so that if later in life they want to continue with any of the languages, it will be easier having been expose to the differente sounds. with english and maybe french yes i would like them to be multilingual. Normally all kids in my country (middle class) go to bilingual private schools and learn one foreing language (mostly english). Even public schools are teaching english.

I think i will follow your suggestion but maybe starting Chinese 1 month behind.
Thanks a lot for your comments.

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