French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.
To read the World !
Reading English is very easy compared to French. One basically pronounces all the letters, hardly no double consonant ..
In French, we like decorate the alphabet, especially the letter e with a bunch of accents so it looks like è é ê ë .. My kids speak French at home but English outside and they obviously learn how to read in Shakespeare’s language. When my daughter starter reading stories in French, she struggled with all those letters we don’t pronounce ( i.e: “haut” – tall is pronounced “oh” like “eau” – water). But it never stops fascinating me to see how she can draw the Chinese signs she has been learning at school, and pronounce them “with no accent whatsoever” according to her teacher. I can’t even repeat basic sounds properly. My brain does not seem to make all the connections between those notes it never heard before.
Like my kids, the majority of their classmates is bilingual, and I love to see them changing their ways when they switch to English. The Japanese and the Korean children seem more relaxed, less introvert. Did you know that bilingual kids are said to have an advantage in brain perception and “brain flexibility”? They can adapt to new environment far easier and are usually more self confident. The eAllier they learn, the easier it is for them to master another langage.
I wonder how long it would take me to learn another language…Although if you have to spend more than a day with me, you’ll want to learn French. Just because is much easier than to understand French speaking English ..
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