Apr 16 2008

The emerging bilingualism

Published by at 1:17 pm under Language and vocab,Milestones

Mitchell’s daycare teaches in both French and English, and at last we’re starting to see some bilingualism developing in the little guy. Yesterday he said to our French speaking driver, Ellie: “Merci Ellie”.

So last night around the dinner table we asked Mitchell to say some other things in French. Unprompted, he said “merci”, “oui” and “aujourd’hui” (“today” for the non-francophones out there).

C’est trĂ©s bien, non?

Of course this builds on the one Arabic word he already knows: “yalla!” (which depending on the tone and forcefulness in which it is expressed can mean “get a move on” or something a whole lot stronger…)

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2 Responses to “The emerging bilingualism”

  1. grandadon 12 Feb 2010 at 12:49 pm


  2. Francescoon 12 Oct 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Hi Melissa. As a smart kid who didn’t go to French Immersion largely besuace of the distance, I can tell you that I wish I had gone into it. I was certainly smart enough to do French Immersion and it might have kept me more entertained when I pulled in ahead of my classes.I think Jacob is certainly smart enough to go to a French Immersion school without regressing his English skills. That kid can read and write much better than I ever could at his age-and I’m a writer. I don’t think that should be one of your concerns when looking into sending him to French Immersion.I also think that Jacob’s not all that socially challenged. His issue is that he’s a lot smarter than most kids his age so he’s interested in more intellectual pursuits. French Immersion would add a challenge, and he might meet some more intellectual kids.The only thing that I will say against French Immersion is that French teachers in the normal school system usually aren’t very good teachers, and I don’t know how good the quality of teaching in the French Immersion system is.But I think the question you have to ask, as someone who spent some time in French Immersion, is how you felt about your own education. And ask a couple people who were also in French Immersion-I think their opinions have more weight than mine.I hope you figure it all out soon ~Dianna

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