LJ is learning to count and loved counting things at the minute. Often at the minute her counting is something like:
seis, dois, três, vier, fünf, três!
deux, trois, quatre, cinco!
Whenever we hear something of the sort, we go: Papa says: um, dois, três, etc... and Maman says: un, deux, trois, etc... Usually, she goes along and plays the game and even says the words before we do. Today, while we were walking she was talking about having eaten 3 raspberries. She then said:
Papa dit cinco.
Ok, three is not cinco in Portuguese but she is aware that Papa and Maman say it differently. I corrected and reinforced that Papa says três and I say trois.
We also do this for other words and sometimes she brings it up herself without prompting. It might seem a little cumbersome and tiresome but we never force it, just add it here and there in passing.
Language awareness is something that comes around 3 years old, but understanding that there are more than one label for things or concepts is something young bilinguals excel at, so we might as well encourage it.
How do you encourage your young child to be aware that he is speaking more than one language? Do you ever explain explicitly to your child that mummy and daddy speak different languages? What little games do you play? I'd love to hear others' experiences.