What language should we be speaking in the house, Tagalog or English?

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It really depends on you and your wife which do you prefer. But in my case I let my children learn first Filipino. Then followed by English when they attended pre-school. Now since most big schools prefer to English as their main Language. They never had a hard time speaking in both and we never encounter problems in Filipino subject. As I translate them in English or Filipino so they know the equivalent words. I also teach my children to speak to someone according to their preferred language. For example a playmate speaks well in Filipino, they speak to them in Filipino. If someone speaks English, they speak English.

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Consider things like what language is mostly spoken in your house, or what language does the people around your kid use? Are his friends mostly Filipino or English-speaking? Does his school have an English Only Policy? Personally, I am teaching my child to speak our mother tongue. This is so he won't get confused and there wouldn't be a language barrier. I've heard that English-trained kids who are surrounded by Filipino-speaking people had a hard time socializing and expressing themselves. This can also be the same for vice versa.

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I agree with what Jo-an and Mikaela said. It depends on what you and your wife prefer. At home, we use both. However, we agreed that if we talk using English/Filipino, we only have to use one language for the entire sentence and not taglish. Example: Gusto mo bang kumain ng agahan? Not: Gusto mo bang kumain ng breakfast? Unless the English word doesn't have a Filipino equivalent.

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