Well, first of all, when they were very little, it had only been a few years since I left France and French was very important to me. So I think that with the eldest it was very natural for me to speak French to her when she was young. Now, it’s been a good number of years since I left France and I am so constantly immersed in the English language that this habit of speaking French has slowly faded over time. For a few years now I’ve tried to make myself speak French to them on a more regular basis because, on the one hand I think it’s important that they get to know their culture and their roots and, on the other hand, there’s the matter of communication with grandparents, cousins and so on. I’m conscious that they need a minimum of French for that communication to happen naturally.
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