S has just started making the rolled r sound as part of his babbling (still no first words…). He goes RRR RRR RRR over and over and seems quite pleased with himself. I myself am quite excited about this. I hope this means his accent will sounds more or less like a native Spanish speaker.
I have met a few children and young people in the last 6 months who, despite being brought up bilingual, still have an English accent when they speak their minority language. I just assumed, if they had only ever heard Spanish or French, from their mum (a native speaker), they they would also speak with the same accent!
I really hope S doesn’t have an English accent when he speaks Spanish! People can usually not tell where I am from when I speak Spanish… so I think – if I can pick up a good accent as an adult, surely he should be able to if he is learning the language from birth?
I wonder if the English accent is because they were in a household where the family language was English? Is there a difference in the acquisition of accents between OPOL and ML@H households? Does anyone have any insights or experience in this area?