Bilingual Parenting Myth #2: Teaching Chinese is a Waste of Time
I hear this allllll the time.
In fact, I've internalized this so much myself, I didn't bother trying to speak Chinese to my eldest when he was born (I am *eternally* grateful for the people I met afterwards who set me straight 🤪)
Yes, chances are English will eventually dominate my children's speech because we live in Canada.
But so what tho.
I feel like I'm an example where English *did* take over. I'm far more proficient in English. My thoughts are mostly in English (except counting lol. I count in Chinese i dunno why). And English is my dominant and preferred language.
My Chinese is nowhere near English in fluency.
Not even close.
But... I am also SO thankful I can still speak it, albeit awkwardly at times. And that I can read it at a lower elementary level.
✨It is a life skill no one can ever take away from me✨
And now that I *know* it is possible to pass on the language (see Myth #1), I feel very, very motivated to do so.
Even if kids end up "only" able to listen/understand it and not much else... it is not a waste of time to me ✨ (psssst, kids actually often become capable of much more. Again, see Myth #1)
heck, as an adult, I'd be ECSTATIC if I can "just" listen/understand yet another language!
And many, many parents in our community tell us how rewarding it is to hear kids speak Chinese for a variety of reasons (bonding with grandparents, connection to heritage, to name a few)
So if you're new here, I hope you feel it's worth your while too 💕