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Just a quick update on kids' trilingualism. Enjoy!

Jo, now 9 years old,  reads in Indonesian, French and English

Louise, 5 years old, tells story in Indonesian


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Jan. 29th, 2013 04:42 pm (UTC)
it humbles and touches me to hear them speaking/reading in various languages.... great kids...what a mom! -mer.
Jan. 30th, 2013 08:50 pm (UTC)
Re: awesome
thank you, tm :D
Jan. 29th, 2013 04:50 pm (UTC)
AWESOME! I do enjoy it. Speechless deh gua.. hehehe.
Jan. 30th, 2013 08:50 pm (UTC)
thanks, cindy :D
Jan. 30th, 2013 12:41 pm (UTC)
linguistic talents
Great to see and hear your children. Though Indonesian is beyond me, to me it is like they speak the language fluently :). Not to mention Joseph's French and English.

Once more I stand ( sit) in awe listening and looking at their accomplishments. Compliments to them ( and to their parents of course :))

Jan. 30th, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
Re: linguistic talents
I guess we just need to be consistent and persistent. Thank you, Cols.
Jan. 30th, 2013 03:15 pm (UTC)
the result of nine years of work

I'm super inspired to raise my kids multilingual. The issue is, with me living in Indonesia, how do I deal with the issue of what language to use at home with the kids and the husband:
(1) when the husband is a non-English-native- speaking expat (and he speaks English and/or Indonesian on the side)
(2) when the husband is an English-native-speaking only expat (and issues on international school, bastardised Indglish etc)
(3) when both the husband and I are native Indonesian speakers?

My English is reasonably impeccable though not sufficiently poetic. My French, well, I think Joseph speaks better French than I do.

Joseph is so cute, "aku malu..."
Jan. 30th, 2013 08:55 pm (UTC)
Re: the result of nine years of work

There are some strategies in raising multilingual kids. We use the One-Parent-One-Language (OPOL), where husband and I only speak our native languages to our kids. This means I only speak Indonesian, and husband only French when speaking to them. They learn English from the environment and school.

You can google for other strategies.

Good luck :D.
Feb. 1st, 2013 03:16 am (UTC)
I so agree with the first comment. Listening to Joseph reading is really humbling. You did a great job raising them as multilingual kids, San ! Did I hear 'australian accent' in Jo's english-reading ? :):)
Louis is super cute in telling stories in Indonesian. I keep on giggling listening to her...:):)
You have beautiful, smart, talented kids San...:)
Feb. 1st, 2013 08:59 am (UTC)
Ah thank you for your kind words, In. Louise is the one who speaks English with very thick Oz accent. Joseph's is more from nowhere and some Oz kids consider it weird lol.
Feb. 3rd, 2013 03:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much for these inspiring video clips! I will show them to my children. My daughter just started school last summer. She is reading German at school and I have since then persuaded her to read Indonesian too. Some Indonesian consonants sound different from German ("j" and "c") and some Indonesian digraphs are quite difficult for her to read ("ny" and "ng"). But from my point of view as an Indonesian native speaker, reading French and English are a lot more difficult than reading German. I am amazed to listen to J reading in 3 languages!
Feb. 3rd, 2013 08:33 pm (UTC)
I think if your kids have enough Indonesian vocabularies, they will only need little effort to read Indonesian. Good luck :D.
Feb. 9th, 2013 09:48 pm (UTC)
It's been awhile
Dah lama gak update ya baru nongol skrg. So glad that you're still posting the updates! My son is now 8 yrs old and I just now would like to introduce him to Bahasa, I hope it's not too late. How do I go about his. I don't have any literatures or anything in Bahasa. Any suggestions?
Feb. 9th, 2013 10:01 pm (UTC)
Re: It's been awhile
I'm sharing my kids' development as a parent who raises their kids trilingually since birth. I have no working knowledge on how to introduce a parent's language for school age kids.
Jul. 9th, 2017 10:46 pm (UTC)
So Smart!
These kids really are so smart!

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