if i could speak another lang, it would be that because being bilingual is awesome, then teach them english just before they start school. then at school they would be able to talk english and at home I'd continue to speak to them in another language so they can be bilingual forever. i couldve been trilingual but no my parents were dum and spoke to me in english only
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No you said 'native language', which is English lol
Well obviously english for me since im a true blue Aussie
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Sometimes celebrating our own cultural roots is not seen as very Australian by others. We are told to assimilate and adopt the ways of this country.
When Kevin Rudd decided to learn Mandarin he was trying to become Chinese?...
By honestly changing religions because you believe in their god you are trying to become a westerner...
And we adopted the freaking language because its the only way we can communicate. Try moving to China and never learning Mandarin or English (just cos it's the universal language now and many people know it).
O yea...dat...Yu no...i tich my kid ze ingish so they will duh...function well in duh aussie society
I want my kids to learn Mandarin first. I can speak Mandarin, but I'm not fluent in it and I wish I could be. I still practise it everyday, I hope my children can become bilingual!
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Aussie society will not be aussie society in the next few years, asians are now under control of major parts of our economy and more immigrants are coming than actual aussies are being born. Soon "Australians" will be a pitiful minority, amongst a land swarming with foreigners that rule the place. And its expected anyway, cos foreigners work 10x harder than aussies and know that if they want a comfortable life then they will have to work for it. the culture of "entitlement" and "laziness" amongst aussies will be their downfall, as their cultural identity will eventually become extinct.
Anyway I will teach my kids mandarin first, because it will be a necessary language to know in the future. then I will integrate french, spanish and polish, and let them learn english at school. Perhaps once they're a couple of years into preschool I might teach them japanese.
And if you think its not possible for a kid to learn how to speak any language if so many different ones are being spoken in the family, then you're wrong, because all my cousins had at least 3 or 4 different languages spoken to them at home by different people, and the kids grew up knowing how to speak to each person in their language. Kids are fucking amazing. You would not believe the intellectual potential they possess at extremely young ages.
9:17pm May 2013
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I learnt english from watching sesame street.
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It's probably already been mentioned in here (tldr) but this is a fairly irrelevant question. Unless you dont care if they start speaking some pidgin language the language you "teach" your kids first will have to be what you and your partner are speaking around them mostly, no point saying you are going to teach your kid Mandarin if your partner can't speak it or it's your second language. Regardless of what you can say about multiculturalism in Australia, unless you go to great efforts to prevent it your children are still going to be immersed in an English speaking culture through TV and other kids.
And brent, I know they will learn english from being immersed in an english culture. Hence I wont bother teaching them cos they can do it themselves. I will simply incorporate other languages into the household so my kids learn those languages alongside english. Mandarin will be one of these languages.
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