I love the Spanish girl explaining English grammar to the native speaker
Godd on ya, Amanda
SuzyBatt: Three languages is impressive! (I speak German, but not nearly well enough to call myself trilingual
I consider myself bilingual now (English and Norwegian) but I didn't learn English before I was about 10, which is quite late. Fortunately I picked it up really fast and loved using it even outside the few classes at school. Now I prefer English in many situations; reading books in the original language is a given, and I also found it easier to write my M.A. thesis in English. (The thing I get mixed up between the languages is the use of punctuation
... In Norwegian you always put a comma before but, which is not always the case in English, but I do it anyway
I started toying with the idea of speaking English full time many years ago to teach my children the language from birth (while my husband would speak Norwegian to them). This was before I even had kids. I soon found out that it did not come natural to speak in a foreign language to my baby, so I kept it native. I would read English books to them from birth though, so they would get used to the sound of the language. After they started English nursery I would speak to them in English from time to time. -
Now though, like you can see from the original post, they are attending Norwegian school, and if they don't keep using English the same thing will happen as with Suz and her French. So I'm giving the full time English another go. Luckily the kids are not complaining about it or finding it weird.
But let me tell you (again) it is tough speaking a foreign language 24-7. I keep slipping, but it'll get better:) And when they go to bed, or when I'm alone with my husband I speak Norwegian and it is sooo relaxing.