So one of my goals is to raise a bilingual child. I would like Becca to fluently read and write English and Spanish.
My primary language is English and I now speak rudimentary Spanish. My husband’s primary language is Spanish and then English. My Mother-in-law lives with us and primarily speaks Spanish.
The plan is for my mother-in-law to speak to her primarily in Spanish and I will speak to her primarily in English. Mr. O will speak with her in English and Spanish.
From what I have read, Becca will associate the different languages with the different people. If someone speaks to her in Spanish, (¿cómo es usted?) she will think, “oh, they use my grandmother’s words.” If they should speak to her in English (how are you?), she will think, “oh, they use my mother’s words.”
So far, Becca is only vocalizing (‘ba, ba, da, da’) so we have no idea if this is working or not but I will definitely keep you updated. I am also interested in hearing others experiences with raising bilingual children.