Bilingual native English and Korean speakers.?

Bilingual native English and Korean speakers.? Topic: Bilingual native English and Korean speakers.?
June 18, 2019 / By Afton
Question: Will the Korean English teacher screw up my daughters language skills? Ok, so I'm a native English speaker living in Korea with a Korean wife. We have a daughter who is almost 3, but is overly fluent in English and Korean for her age. She is starting preschool next month, and they will be having an English class there taught by a Korean. The Korean is not a native English speaker, and I am worried about my daughter being wrongly influenced by her regarding pronunciation and word use. I don't want my baby to have her English language skills impeded like most all of the Korean children I have taught. So, bilinguals who learned English and Korean at the same time growing up, I'm asking, do I have anything to worry about? To Kate from Busan: I know you know a lot, and of course you should being a 22 year old university student, but really, this question is aimed at ONLY the bilinguals described above. Having said that, thank you for all of your input here in "Korea" on Yahoo answers, and I look forward to reading more of your insightful wisdom in the future.
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Tiarnan Tiarnan | 8 days ago
I didn't learn English and Korean at the same time growing up. But, I am trilingual (native level English, near-native level Japanese and Korean), have worked as an EFL teacher to young kids, and have studied linguistics and language learning in adults and children, so I hope you'll at least listen to my input. I understand that you are concerned about your daughter's language skills being affected by her teacher's language instruction. At that age, you will still be the major influence in your daughter's life. Your daughter will probably have, at most, an hour of English instruction a day, whereas you will be seeing her every day for at least 8 hours. As long as you continue to have meaningful conversation with your daughter in English, she should learn and retain more from you than from school. Since you guys are living in Korea, the lion's share of the responsibility for giving her native level language ability will fall on your shoulders. I've met Korean children who despite growing up in Korea and attending English classes in the Korean education system (not Hagwon), were exceptionally fluent. They all had parents who were fluent in English, with at least one parent being an English teacher at a public school. Their secret was that they usually have "English time", where none of the family members can speak Korean with each other. They do all of their normal activities, whether it be watching TV, playing games, scolding each other, doing homework, or whatever, in English. So, that is what I recommend for you and your wife. (Assuming that she speaks English). This will become more and more critical the older your daughter gets, since the outside world will have more influence on her at that time. As long as she has "home" as her anchor to shape and correct her English, she should be fine. I'd be more worried her being the middle school student that knows more than the teacher, and the teacher feels intimidated about it because all of the other students know it. Make sure she's humble about it and not a know-it-all. (You don't want her to be "that girl".) If you're truly concerned, I'd recommend you or your wife speaking with the teacher and asking her for the English curriculum that she will use during the year. Then, you can review it with your daughter at home to make sure she's learning properly.
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Tiarnan Originally Answered: Native english speakers! Please!?
I will have added the corrections into your paragraph. It was on the evening news where I first discovered the term "net-cafe-refugee". They call those who can't pay their rent and who have to drift from one net-cafe to another for a place to stay "net-cafe-refugee's". I at first thought "why don't they go back to their parents' home?" or "they can go to their friend's house and ask him/her to let them stay there". I thought they were the kind of people who are lazy, don't make any efforts or don't even try to find a job. However, I found out some serious causes and problems behind it as I researched. Not all those people are like what I mentioned above. Some of them actually try to get a job but they can't get hired because they don't have an address; a home. For that reason they can't have stable earnings and have to drift about like that. Without knowing the real reasons, we tend to regard those without a home or place to stay as lazy people. We need to realize that each of us could be the one, and it's ourselves who indirectly make this matter worse. So we shouldn't consider it as "their" affair but "our" affair. We have to think about it deeply in order to dissolve this. I hope this matter will be improved for them, and also for us. One thing about the english language is it is very improper to start a sentence with "and". It's acceptable when speaking to another person, but writing it is incorrect. Some of my corrections are merely word changes to add appropriate vocabulary and conjugation. Some punctuation has been added, and improper tenses corrected. It may not be 100% correct but I hope I helped!

Radley Radley
No not really from my personal expierience as i had, as long as your daughter is exposed to lots of english like tv o or music, she will be able to be very good at speaking both; learing 2 languages simultabiously is a lot easier 4 kids that 4 adults.
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Mark Mark
I highly highly doubt it. Does your wife work or is she at least at home a good portion of the time? If so, then your daughter should be very much aware of the differences. I have several cousins who have lived in Korea and the States in intervals, and they have no problems with pronunciation.
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Jerijah Jerijah
I have taught English within the Philippines with a BA, (not in English). It was once at a confidential university, teaching Filipino students. They had been equipped to organize a working visa for me. I earned P13,300 a month. Most faculties pay more. The college's companion institution in Korean would ship a group of students 2x a 12 months. I got paid extra for dealing with those pupils. Teaching Koreans must pay extra, considering that it isn't as fun. If you happen to taught Koreans exclusively in Cebu or Manila, you could earn a good wage, by using nearby requirements. I've never tried that, but I've heard it will pay P40,000+ a month.
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Jerijah Originally Answered: English speakers can you check this?
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