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pernille hougesen

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My husband is dutch, I am danish, we speak english together, and we live in a third country, where our baby of 14 months, mostly hear english and her nanny speaks bangla some times.

We each speak dutch and Danish to her and english together. Sometimes when we look at books together, or talk in general, I will point to a thing and say the word in danish and my husband will say it in dutch. Is that the best way, or is it better to keep it separate, meaning I would say the word, let her practice and then later my husband will say it in dutch.


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sounds good to me.. maybe when get older you can point to a picture and ask how does daddy say to … (point to pic of a cow) and then as how does mommy call that.. (point to same pic)…

Natalia Balci

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Keep the languages separate. If you continue this system your son will understand all the languages but most probably he will pick one of them as his preference. Is much better and much easier for your child, if you just separate the languages. Just think like if you’re going to school to your English class your teacher would speak only in English therefore you will learn English but if your teacher speaks in 2 or 3 different languages most likely you won’t learn good English.
I hope this helps.

My daughter is 4 and a half and she speaks 3 fluent languages and she does not mix them because we never mixed the languages. One parent one language. And with your husband just pick one language don’t mix from one to another.


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