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Hello,
and thank you for all the useful info on this website.
My question is on how to approach raising a baby in a foreign country, exposing him to three languages, and if talking to him in my non-native language or not. I found many relevant discussions already, but none addressing our specific case.
Both me and my wife are native Italian speakers. We just moved with our 3-month-old baby to Amsterdam, where Dutch is the local language, but English is widely spoken. I am fluent in English having lived internationally for long time, although I do have an accent and less vocabulary than a native speaker (so I speak more of an ‘international English’, rather than a British or American one). My wife also speaks English, although slightly less confidently (she spent less time abroad). In Amsterdam, we’ll both work and socialize in English, and we do not speak any Dutch.
For our son, the mum is talking to him in Italian and hopefully he will pick it up fluently…



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