I am very proud that my older daughter can now speak fluent Chinese. This is the characterization of our Chinese friends, not me, since I can’t understand what she is saying as her Chinese language ability far surpasses mine. A major reason that we came to China was so our children could be exposed to the Chinese language. Well, it seems that a 4 year old who has complete immersion can pick-up the language in about 9 months (speaking, not reading or writing, though she’s working on that). But now that she’s achieved this feat, and her younger sister speaks Chinese better by the day, how do we maintain the language in Vermont?
I think there’s a Saturday Chinese School in Burlington, but I know very little about it. Does anyone out there know more? Should we hire a weekly Chinese tutor in Montpelier? Should we start to let our kids start to watch TV, so long as its only in Chinese?
Any ideas from our readers?