Mandarin lessons — can you be too young?

So what if she is minus-four weeks old?

A couple of the nurses in the NICU are Chinese, so we left this little note for them on L’s board (请您跟我讲中文). We can’t be there 24 hours a day, so many of her diaper changings and feedings are done by the nurses. Every once in a while she’s bound to get one of the Chinese ones!

In this hospital, L is a minority as the daughter of native English speakers, and she’s hearing more Punjabi than Chinese on a daily basis (both her immediate neighbours belong to Indo-Canadian families). Still, she yanked out her own feeding tube last night and the doctor decided to leave it out, so she’s one step closer to the door!

6 thoughts on “Mandarin lessons — can you be too young?”

  1. Absolutely! It will be an invitation to all in the families, yours and Jessica’s, and all your friends. Forget about announcements by e-mail. Throw a banquet, any banquet, but make sure everyone gets an egg dyed red. It’s for luck. Now the Edens will have “face”. :D

  2. Hello Joel,

    Sorry, It’s been a long time hasn’t it? I am terrible about keeping up with friends and blogs.

    Anyway, I logged on to say:
    Congratulations on the birth of your first child!

    As, long as you are both consistent it is never to early or too late to acquire/or teach a language.

    Mazal Tov!

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