My wife and I have been discussing how our kids (whenever that may happen) will properly learn both her native language (Russian) and mine (English) while likely growing up in the US or the UK, depending on my job. It's a pretty big concern of ours since her family doesn't speak much English, and we don't want them to not be able to converse with family.
I'm looking for methodical advice pertaining to languages, not parenting advice, so I decided to post here instead of parenting SE...
I've heard some of these tips, but I was hoping for some help to expand the list. Also, maybe some advice on if any of these are bad ideas. I know this is a pretty subjective topic, but I believe that there are objectively good and objectively bad ways to go about it.
- Wife speaks only Russian at home, and I speak only English (to the kid[s])
- We both speak only Russian at home, since they will be speaking English everywhere else
- Send them (at a certain age) to stay with her parents in Belarus during summers
- Hire private tutors (probably out of the question due to price)
Secondary question: as for the first two, will that confuse the kids into "merging" the languages, or will they pick up that there are two different methods of communication they're using?