Thank you for reading my post, any advice is mostly welcome
My baby will be born in 2 months and my husband and I are trying to figure out the best option for our daughter to be trilingual (in a native level for the 3 languages). The situation is as follows:
Mom’s language: Spanish
Dad’s language: Japanese
Community language: Japanese
Language between parents: English (non of us is native, though)
My husband and I communicate in English, since he can’t speak Spanish and I can’t speak Japanese (yet)… Until I started reading this forums, we were convinced of using the following system:
Mom alone: Spanish
Dad alone: Japanese
Mom and dad together (between them AND to the baby): English
School and grandparents: Japanese
Besides that, I work from home as a Spanish teacher online (so I’m constantly switching form English to Spanish and my daughter will be listening to all that after she’s born), my husband learns English online (1 lesson every day), I learn Japanese and English online (once a week each language).
We are a little bit concerned of confusing her while speaking to her in English when we are all together, and in our respective native languages when we are alone with her. Has anyone tried this before? Will it also be confusing for her to listen to me switching from English to Spanish constantly when talking to my students?
Finally, as we are both non native English speakers, we think that it will be a good idea to hire an online American teacher for our daughter… maybe when she becomes 3 (not boring lessons, just talking or whatever our daughter feels like fun, we just want her to be able to speak with a native accent). Any suggestions about this?
Thanks a lot! ?