That means if you speak a Latin or Germanic language, think of it as an advantage!
So, how to help your kids grow up speaking great English:
- Make speaking other languages normal. Let them hear you speaking another language (even if you are not very good.) Take them to other countries where people speak other languages if you can. If not, take them to a restaurant or a shop where people are speaking a different language. Show them that it's fun to communicate with people in a different language and that it's normal and not embarrassing.
- Get them to watch TV in English. If they're young, they won't mind. My children have watched TV in Japanese before. When they're older you can introduce subtitles.
- Let them see you watching TV in English (with subtitles is ok) and listening to English radio / English songs.
- With older kids, look up song lyrics with them and find out what they mean. If they enjoy singing, they'll sing along.
- Don't rely on their school English lessons. Once a week in a class of French-speaking children is not enough. They need more exposure to English, even if it is not formal lessons.
- When they are old enough, send them to a language summer school. Make sure it is one where they have a big mix of languages and nationalities, so that they don't stick with other kids speaking their own language. I have worked for this school for a couple of years and they are fantastic. It's worth paying a little extra for your children not to be in a big group from their own country.