Let’s speak English at home

Remember this category? In English, just in English.

They learn English at school. I cannot say if it’s useful to start learning English when you’re 6 or 7 years old, but as I don’t know, I think it cannot make any damage.

Evenmore, I’ve decided to help my children, or their teachers, or both.

Since last week, I wake up my kids talking to them in English. I wouldn’t dare doing it to my teenagers, they could kill me. I can well imagine their reaction:

Me: « Hello Darling, time to get up! Did you have a good night? Don’t forget to open your window, it stinks in your bedroom!

Them: « Mam’sssss, c’est bonnnnnn, sorssssss steupppppp » (*)

Well, I just do it with the 3 little ones, the 3 others manage themselves to get up on time anyway.

We started with the colors, and the name of their clothes. Not very easy for them to speak their first words of the day in English… But they listen nicely (in fact they’re half asleep), they do some sorts of mmmhhh which sound English (or Pakistanese)

After one week, they’re able to describe their shoes. It’s a good start, isn’t it? I don’t know when they’l be able to watch star wars without the subtitles!

(*) Get out of this f….g bedroom!

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  1. Being an English teacher, I thought of doing it with my little ones but the tongue of tenderness is French for me and I prefer watching films with them with English subtitles on. Good luck anyway, that’s a great idea!

  2. j’en serais bien incapable !
    enfin j’ai quand même tout compris le texte , yes !
    mais où trouve tu le temps et ces idées, c’est chouette

    1. That’s exactly what my parents used to do when I was a child, and it was the best incentive for me to learn English as quickly as possible ! 🙂

  3. Hey Cecile I confirm two languages at home are terrible; and my kids have the opportunity of speaking two since the cradle… but I’m convinced it’s really interesting to challange the kids (« how do you say this in English/German please… »). I tried to convince myself even when my son stopped talking German with me (affected terrible my mother feelings) and repeated every five seconds: « I can’t speak German with you, it’s sooooo complicated, Mama ». I had just the terrible urge to yell at him: « And you do think French it’s easy for me? » But now they are glad of speaking German and they are even trying to make some efforts in English (the prononciation is sometimes a little difficult). And I confirm (and I always hated English at school), it’s useful to speak English quite well when you are forced to work in an international environment.

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