I am really sorry if this post sounds too much like I am patting myself in the back but most parents of multilingual children will understand where I am coming from.
She has never really uttered a word in English apart from the odd phrase like 'it's nice' to make us laugh. But this has just changed drastically. We have no more secret language!
Last weekend, we had some friends round for a couple of days. They are from the UK and we had not seen them since we had left. It was a wonderful weekend. We had explained to LJ that they spoke (only) English well in advance.
To our amazement, she spent the whole weekend playing with their children (4 and 8) in English! We overheard a little bit of switching and few German words here and there. But she was able to give clear
orders directions to her friends about going to play upstairs and making this and that, commenting on the weather, asking for ice-cream, etc.
- Come and play downstairs. (she actually meant upstairs)
- Do you want an ice-cream?
- I need to make some food.
- It's raining.
- You can play with my baby.
When children start speaking they usually, utter single words then put them together in sentences. But she seems to have skipped some steps and is just gone straight to the full sentences.
We were amazed. P even said: "woah, I knew this would work but not to this extent"! This also reinforces what I wrote last week about people who mix. She knew these people understood nothing but English and had no hesitations whatsoever in approaching them from the start!
Proud parents all round.
I will stop bragging now.