Lurker w/ Question: 1 Bilingual Parent
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|Sat, 05-03-2008 - 11:46pm|
Hello! This is my first post to this board (previously a lurker), and I wonder if anyone has an opinion on the following:
I'm about to have my first and probably only (long story) child. I couldn't be happier, and neither could my husband. I'm bilingual (Russian and English); he speaks only English. We live in the U.S. I have no family in town (very far away, get together only a few times per year due to cost), and I speak only English at work and with my friends (none of them speak Russian).
My husband wants me to teach the baby Russian as s/he is growing up, but I know zero Russian speakers in this part of the country, so it would literally be just me speaking Russian to the baby. I'm not sure that's enough- I mean, how would s/he pick up the proper grammar and syntax hearing just one speaker, as opposed to actual conversations? S/he might learn some - definitely some words and phrases, songs and such; but that's not much, compared to the overall structure of the language.
So I told him that I don't think it would work, but he keeps emphasizing how important it is to speak more than just English, and I do agree with that. Do you have any thoughts on whether it makes any sense to try to raise a bilingual child when only one parent is bilingual PLUS the chance that the child would hear much conversation in the non-English language is close to zero?
Thanks very much in advance! ~ Dee