Friday, 31 May 2013

I don't speak French!

Bath-time and mealtimes seem to be quite conducive to multilingual talk in our family.

Yesterday, during bath-time, the girls were chatting excitedly about all the things they will do during our holiday in Nice.
We will be staying with our friends C (French), A (German) and their four children aged 11, 8, 5 and 1. The children mainly speak French, apart from the oldest who understands and speaks some German.

Promenade des Anglais

BK2, aged 5, then started worrying over her weak French. She had a little voice when she said: "I don't really speak Francais. I speak Arabic, Arabic, Arabic, French; Arabic, Arabic, Arabic, French"; mostly Arabic words interleaved with French vocabulary.

This is the child who whenever urged to stop talking in English at home, and switch to Arabic, would usually go (in Arabic!): "I can't speak Arabic. I can only speak French".

Here she is now showing how knowledgeable she is of her own language capabilities.

As to her not being able to speak French, I have no worries at all. I am sure she will be stringing sentences two days at the latest into our stay. I will report back!

ps: I spent 20 minutes writing this post only to realise afterwards that BabelDad beat me to it!