I am originally Czech which is also my mother language but I worked abroad and speak English fluently. Some kind of nice fortune made me meet an Italian guy and God knows how it happened I am now living in Italy with my husband and a baby girl of 18 months.
I am still fighting with Italian language so we speak only English with my husband. With our daughter I speak in Czech and my husband in Italian. So far she started using czech words and does not speak Italian. I believe she understands Italian and suprisingly also English. I am bit worried if exposing her to English as well might not mess her head too much.
Also I am not fluent in Italian so find it hard not using Enslish. Here comes my qestion: Do you have any experience with a family using three languages at home? Can it really work this way? Also I am bit worried of her using only czech language so far. Do you have experience with the situation if the second language comes after the first one….can it develop fully and so well as the first one?
Luckily I also started using baby signs when my daughter was little so now she uses about 20 signs and she perfectly expresses herself. All the Italian family knows the signs so…so far we somehow make it….
ti rispondo in Italiano, io non mi preoccuperei… Fermo restando che come sempre io do solo un parere, direi che è abbastanza comune che mamma parli una lingua, papà un’altra e che il bambino impari anche la terza lingua che mamma e papà parlano tra di loro, leggiti The bilingual edge se ti va. Mi sembra di capire che avete già una vostra routine, secondo me potete andare avanti tranquillamente, e poi le lingue della bambina si svilupperanno naturalmente, ovviamente l’Italiano avanzerà rapidamente quando comincerà ad andare a scuola.
Immagine: Life is elsewhere