This is a discussion on Do you all speak proper Eng or proper Chin to your child? Or Singlish/baby lang? within the General Parenting Discussion forum, part of the Growing Up & Parenting category; like if you want to say "Let's take a shower" do you say (1) Pom Pom loh... (2) It's shower ...
like if you want to say "Let's take a shower"
do you say
(1) Pom Pom loh...
(2) It's shower time! Let's take a shower
(3) Chong Liang ! Zou !
(4) Shower time oledi !
just wondering... i was reading the other thread on how old our babies starts to talk and wonder if the way we talk actually affects how well they pronounce words... what are your experiences?
my dear son is only 8 months. and he's only just mumbling.. like ghee... dee... grrr... that's all.
Mostly I speak proper english with my son, like bathing time....I will say "bathe bathe" & my son will follow but he will say like " be be".....like trees he will say "rees"
Some words we use double like walk walk, some will say go "gai gai" and he knows he also say "walk walk"
So fun now tht he is 19mths and knows how to speak words and tell us what he wants like "milk", "where", "there"
I guess it's what you want your son to pick up......but so far I have not intro him to mandarin though
i used to speak baby language to my girl eg book i say book book. bath i say bath bath lol. but then my sis n my auntie told me not to do that cos baby learn fast n they will speak like a baby next time when they are a toddler.. then my sis says she realise her friends who speak proper sentence to a baby has cleverer baby as in they speak clearly n in sentences compare to those baby who speaks baby language.. so i change..
now i speak proper sentence to her.. when its bath time i will say "jumpy, its time for your bath, lets go!' or 'jumpy lets go for your bath!' or 'jumpy, its bathing time!' . then i walk n she will follow by crawling to the bathroom while i prepare water.. hehe
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me and hubby tried our very best to talk to our little princess in proper english...and we never baby talk to her...well, i do the 'coochi coochi coo, you're a gorgeous little baby, yes you are!' kind of baby talk...
I think it's impt to speak proper Eng/Chinese to the baby because babies learn fast. Even though they're not speaking at the moment doesn't mean that they're not picking things up. If only people around me can understand this simple fact and stop using baby language like 'mum mum' for eat and 'gai gai' for going out when they talk to Alicia... sigh...
Proper English for me since I'm in charge of the English "department" in my house - my hubby speaks French to my baby. I read that while it's important to speak the language properly, you ought to keep your sentences simple and "musical" - tone and pitch is important. For example, whenever I set her down for her bath, I'll go "Okay, time for Eva's bath. Mummy is going to prepare bath, k? Eva be quiet, k?"
It's important to speak a language properly in situations where your child will be exposed to many languages. This is to help them pick up the language faster as well as correctly.
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We use proper English/Chinese/Malay at home with my boy. No baby language.
Different people will use different languages with him so that he is exposed to different languages. They learn through imitation. If you use Singlish with them, they'll pick up Singlish & it's hard to correct.
huh? ive been talking baby language to my gerl. opps must change.
i say pom pom then she will laugh. she say what i repeat what.
must change from tomm. scared my mother in law take care cos she will say cb and knn... told hubby to tell her but cannot stop as she too used to it. haizz
yea yea thats what my sis n aunt says as well.. they learn fast n will follow wats being said to them all these mths thus speaking proper english is impt... talk to them as if you r talking to adult then they can learn to speak correctly like an adult hehe
Actually, that's the reason why I chose a simple to pronounce English name that my parents can handle. But they still prefer calling him by Chinese name as we have an agreement that they'll speak more Chinese to him so that he won't grow up to be a 'banana'.
for me its a mixture.
but we try to speak as proper as we can.
so far so good. pin has her lehs n lahs n lorhs in her words but still not that bad.
but her command in english is still considered very good for her age, n she has a very wide vocab already, thus many ppl cant believe she is only 2.5yo, they thought she is already 4 yo due to the way she talks.
oh no... i said the F word a few times in front of pin when she was much younger, like 1 yo.
n til now she still rmb.
got once she scolded the F word, n i was like screamin n smackin her telling her canot say!
then guess what, she goes:" cannot , cannot scold "f" !"
then ytd my parents were talkin about someting, then she told me my mum : ~ canot ~ canot scold "f" ! later mummy beat you!!"
wah... thank you all mummies for your replies.
i will try to speak as proper english as i can to my kid... but i must admit but i always mix english with chinese and chinese with english. very bad... but i've already gotten that habit in terms of spoken language so very hard to change. sigh.
My ILs have no choice, have to speak to them in Mandarin. But even the mandarin is mixed with hokkien type... sigh..
Talking about banana/potato.. wateva you call them.. My mother in law was when we told her we registering our gal in a gal's sch.. my mother in law then replied, wah, so next time all "eat" potatoes oredi.. !
i always say shit.. like that got sudden thing happen say what.. i not so si wen .. a lot of singlish come out from my mouth.
i try not to talk to my ger baby language but very hard .. she looks away when i speak properly. when i anyhow talk then she look at me and laugh. will slowly try to change ..