Timmy has now been attending school for almost one semester – it is scary how fast the time has gone. His Thai has improved greatly, but he has become a reluctant English speaker. He still likes to watch TV and listen to music in English, but he wants to talk in Thai all the time now. I’d been warned that this might happen, but I still feel a bit disappointed. I spent a lot of time looking for an affordable bilingual school, and we even moved 200km to be near it. I’m hoping that this lack of enthusiasm for my language will only be short lived. He still understands English as before, but the only problem is his reluctance to use it.
I No Speak English
It is important that my son speaks Thai, but this was never going to be a problem for him. He is surrounded by Thai speakers. I’ve only ever spoken to him in English. I’d heard was the best way to insure that he would grow up to be bilingual. In recent weeks he has started replying to me in Thai a lot of time. I worry that any attempt to insist that he speak to me in English will further turn him off the language.
I suppose all that I can do is to keep on speaking to him in English. Hopefully this will be enough to at least keep his comprehension level high. The problem is that I get so wrapped up in work sometimes that I don’t speak to him enough. My wife does speak to him in English a lot of the time as well, but I notice that not as much as before.