Monday, 17 December 2007

The Languages

How multilingual is Lilia's environment?

First of all, we speak French at home. We met in France, and for Souad, French is like a mother tongue. We have just continued to speak French when we moved to the UK.

Souad uses Arabic and French when she speaks with Lilia while I use German. Lilia spends a couple of weeks with her grandparents in Algeria and a couple of weeks with her other grandparents in Germany every year.

Lilia started to pick up English while watching CBeebies, the BBC's channel for toddlers. She also started to go to a pre-school group recently, where everybody speaks English, obviously.