My husband and I are expecting our first child this month. We would like to raise a bilingual child, but are not sure how best to approach this.
Okay, some background information. My husband speaks Dutch (native) and English. I speak English (native), Cantonese, and Dutch. We usually speak English to each other at home, but speak Dutch to the family and others in the community. And I speak Cantonese to my parents, who call once a week and visit us about once a year.
We would like to raise our baby to speak both Dutch and English. Our plan is to continue to speak English to each other and Dutch to friends/family. But when we speak directly to the baby, I will speak English and my husband will speak Dutch. I wonder if our baby will be confused, when we speak one language to her and another language(s) to others (and each other). Has anyone tried this and does it work?