DH and I often have this conversation, should we teach HB a different language? Or should she speak English only? I am big advocate of HB learning Russian and Spanish — even if my Russian and Spanish skills aren’t perfect, at least she will learn the basics.
I explained to DH that he should teach HB Russian and, through watching him and her, I would become better at it. DH does not agree with this line of thinking. He told me that it would be “too difficult” for me to become fluent in Russian by just watching and he felt uncomfortable speaking to HB in Russian if I can’t fully understand.
I reminded him that I studied Russian in college and I pick up more of the language than he thinks. Still, no. He doesn’t agree.
For families with children growing up in a multicultural family (or anyone, really) what do you think about this situation? How would you teach your child a different language?