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I can't imagine how expensive it is. In my home country education is almost free. Everytime I get reminded how much college costs here I thank God that I don't have and don't want children 😭
My son is almost 3 but isn't speaking as much as his peers. We think it's because he's exposed to 3 languages at the same time, English, our local language and Japanese, and a little bit of Arabic.
@Basmog That sounds pretty normal to be honest but I‘m sure he’ll adapt. I used to teach a Filipino boy who was juggling English, Japanese and Tagalog. I can’t speak for the Tagalog but his English was pretty good and obviously Japanese was native.
@Jemineye thank you 👍
Yeah this was exactly the same for my daughter with 2 languages.
She was slow to progress with both Japanese and English.
While other people were making complete sentences, we were still using a few words stringed together.
Didn't really take any action, and time solved the problem :)
(bigger problem was trying not to lose the English)
Interesting experience from many people here..
As for me.. my kids were born in japan.. and Attend kindergarten where they were they spent more time speaking Japanese lan with friends and teachers..
Although they could understand English language at home beca that is the language both me and my wife speaks to them..
however, they always respond back to us in Japanese language as they are more fluent in it..
what we did was to take them home to our country for 3 months and automatically they switched back to English language because no body was understanding them there..
so my point is take them out of there comfort zone and they will adapt..
I have a 3-year-old son that goes to Kindergarten. We speak our native language which is mixed with Tagalog and English at home. He speaks English and some Tagalog words. He's quickly learning a few Japanese words in Kindergarten. At the same time, with his help, his friends are also learning English.
Hello! I also have a 2-yo daughter learning Tagalog, English, and Japanese. I speak mostly English and Japanese to her. My husband can't speak Tagalog so I always forget to speak my own native tongue to my daughter. However, I did buy loads of Tagalog books filled with nursery rhymes because she responds better with music involved. How's does your son fare with speaking and understanding Tagalog if I may ask? My daughter can only understand songs like bahay kubo. Not the meaning though. only the song as a whole haha!
I am a Canadian citizen who has been living in Japan for decades! I have three children and they are bilingual in Japanese and English. My oldest son is an adult and second son is approaching 18 and my daughter is in her teens. If you are an English speaker and want your child to understand/speak English, then you must invest your time to make it happen in Japan! For me, I did not allow my children to watch or listen to Japanese children shows but exposed them to only western children shows. In my early years, I was fortunate not to have work till the afternoons so I spent as much time talking and singing English to my babies!
@WOW THAT'S JAPAN That’s interesting. It doesn’t seem like you had to do very much to make them bilingual. The books are a good idea and something I can do but how did you handle the television shows. Surely they want to watch what their friends watch?
@Jemineye True but the key is to introduce English shows for children when they are babies till 4ish. Before they start to make friends outside.
@WOW THAT'S JAPAN Thats a good piece of advice. Thank you.
Following this thread! My daughter is 17 months old.
I would love to hear the experiences of parents raising mixed race children in Japan in particular considering this is likely to become my situation in the future…