My wife’s father was diagnosed with dementia last year and we are currently helping out her mother with the financial and legal situation regarding long-term care and POA decision-making. Its generally not been an easy process.
Did you teach her both as her first language, or did you speak English to her and then later start teaching her Portuguese? Curious if you just randomly speak English or Portuguese words to her while she’s learning.
My wife talks to her in Portuguese at home, and then she does full time English at school. We kind of combine both now a bit more at home but she much prefers Portuguese at home still.
The prevailing view from the people I talked to regarding how to best encourage bilingualism at home (in our case) was native language at home (Portuguese) with the additional language (English) full-time at school.
Once she is a bit older (7), we are planning on her doing Spanish and French, as you can learn those from Portuguese (all latin derived languages).
Wife & I agreed that those four languages would be enough of a challenge for the little one (and something to aim for). I will be very happy if she is fluent in all four by the time she goes off to University.
Even one was very tiring (first 3 years) plus the costs (long-term) are enormous (private school, IB school, undergraduate, postgraduate) now due to inflation (education inflation has been off the charts) over here
My brother had two (he makes a bit more ££ than I do) and he is struggling a bit. Costs have just exploded over here in the UK.
Oh you don’t need to tell me, I think my wife and I have officially capped out with 4. Doing the annuity math to fully fund college education in the US is depressing. Your equity returns basically just offset tuition inflation, rather than really appreciate anything.
Regarding multilingualism, I believe research shows that most children can cope quite easily with four different languages and not experience any major difficulties. We had neighbours whose at 6 year old spoke Dutch and Swedish at home, English at school and quite passable Mandarin as well. And if you speak with educated Chinese-Malaysians, they all seem to speak a minimum of four languages - Malay, English and at least two Chinese languages. Malaysian Indians seem to be similarly polyglotal. They all sen to say it’s a combination of what they spoke at home, with neighbours and at school and none of them think it’s unusual. I think as much exposure as possible and at early an age as possible is a big help.
Welcome back! @Marcie and @ao_fan are missing! Other than that, inflation sucks, politics are still politics. Wife and I popped out a 2nd kid. Pretty sure we’re done for similar resource consumption concerns.
My brother in law is American but lives in Germany. He predominantly spoke English around the house to his kid, while his wife predominantly spoke German. The kid went to a German school so his German is stronger, but his English is pretty good.