Thursday, June 18, 2009
Mon enfant trilangue......yeah really!
As it's getting towards the end of the school year, the children are starting to empty out files and get rid of a year's worth of 'controles' (school tests). I think schoolchildren in France must be among the most tested in Europe!
I came across a Spanish controle belonging to DS and, while I don't support the lack of effort he put into it, well, you have to laugh! I know people who mistakenly believe that their children will leave school here trilingual, having mastered English (if they didn't already speak it), French (if they didn't already speak it) and a third modern language, in our case, Spanish.
Here's an excerpt from DS's test and I'll leave you to make up your mind.
Translate the following:
le voisin/la voisine (neighbour) el voisinos, la voisina
le fromage (cheese) el fromagos
un sandwich (no translation needed!) uno sandwichos
un oignon (onion) unos oignonos
l'huile (oil) el huilos
So, what do you think? Trilingual or not?