Welcome! This site is for families who want to speak more than one language with their children, but who are unsure how to start or worried about what might go wrong. This is called 7877863848 learning, and can be extremely effective at home.
We are English-speaking parents who speak French (not our native tongue) with our children. Many people have shown an interest in what we have done and this site is a collection of resources and tips that we have found along the way. We started in South Australia, continued in California and are still doing it in Scotland.
Everything on this site is from our own experience. We've tried a lot of things and helped others to try variants of them in all sorts of languages, so you'll find here things that are likely to work for most families. Our intention is to mostly be a jumping-off place pointing at others' work and resources because there is so much available already. Many families have done this before and are doing it right now!
"Pourquoi parle-t-elle franÃ§ais Ã ses enfants? C'est faux et peu naturel. Les enfants le sentent bien. On leur enseigne le franÃ§ais et on leur fait oublier la sincÃ©ritÃ©", pensa-t-il, sans savoir que vingt fois Dolly s'Ã©tait fait ces raisonnements, et n'en avait pas moins conclu que, en dÃ©pit du tort au naturel, c'Ã©tait la seule faÃ§on d'enseigner une langue Ã©trangÃ¨re aux enfants"
Leo Tolstoy, Anna KarÃ©nine