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April 26th, 2009, 04:50 PM
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Do you know any other languages? Do you plan on teaching your children any other languages that you know? If so, when will you start?
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April 27th, 2009, 07:20 AM
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I've had six years of French courses. I know a lot of vocabulary words, but not really enough to teach it past the basic conversational level.

I had really wanted Ashton to learn Cajun French, as it is part of our heritage, but my grandfather was the last of our family to speak it fluently and he passed away two years ago.

Ash is taking Spanish classes in school right now, but he's not picking it up very well. When Caoimhe starts first grade, I am going to enroll her in Spanish Immersion classes and hopefully that will make it easier for her to learn.
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April 27th, 2009, 09:00 AM
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Is there any way she could learn cajun french from someone who does speak it? Like a tutor or something? That is really interesting!

I learned French, Italian, and Latin, and just enough spanish to get by. I absolutely love languages. I love learning them and speaking them and reading them and hearing them. I am one of those people who will watch a foreign film with the subtitles turned off, just because I want to hear the people speak LOL

I definitely want Jonah to learn to love or at least respect language. I think it is a great window into other people's culture, and a wonderful way to teach empathy and understanding of others' ways of life. I don't think I would feel comfortable teaching him languages, though. Maybe Italian or Latin, but what if he doesn't want to learn Italian or Latin? We are homeschooling for sure, and I think language might be something I would hire a tutor for. I'd probably sit in on the lessons myself
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April 27th, 2009, 09:26 AM
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I'm not fluent in any other language besides english but I know enough spanish that I can get by. I know a little german and very little thai. DH knows more german than I do and he speaks both german and hebrew. We want Eva to know other languages besides english. DH really would like her to know german and I would like her to know spanish.
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April 27th, 2009, 10:01 AM
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I think Hebrew would be a very interesting language to know.

Unfortunately, ***., Cajun French is a nearly dead language. My grandfather was raised speaking it, but he and the other children were forced to speak only English when they started school. So his generation was really the last one left who knew how to speak it, and he would be in his late 70's now. I'm sure there are still some people left who can speak it, but they would be very hard to locate. It's actually a very beautiful language, but I've only ever heard it in hushed tones when eavesdropping on conversations I wasn't supposed to hear as a child, lol.
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