Fun speculation on native language learning for kids and the ideal written language combo.
I suggest you start with difficult languages. because if the natives is English, learn european languages easily. it would be good to learn arabic first because it is one of the most difficult languages but it is easy for babies to learn.
Hmm. Steve also said Farsi is not that similar to Arabic.
"Lastly while there is definitely different writing style in Hindi I am pretty sure there is similar vocabulary."--> to what?
Hindu could help learning Urdu (apparently it's also the same) and Bangla.
I'm learning Spanish and French and later I'll learn German and though I'm an English speaker and they share the same root, it's still not exactly a picnic! Though easier than the others.
I think if you are exposed to foreign sounds early they are easier to pronounce. That would be a plus for this. But on the other hand, five languages is a lot as a kid, especially if they are so different from each other.
Yeah I was more thinking all the languages around India regarding Hindi...there is Telegu, Kannada, Malayam, Gujarati and Tamil off the top of my head.
My thought was less it being a picnic, just less of a hurdle than if a purely native English speaker was introduced to Chinese, Japanese or Arabic or vice versa.
I would choose languages based on your resources and circumstances.
I for example didn't have a choice, I teach my kids languages I can speak myself.
Two foreign languages already is a stretch. Can't imagine introducing more.
Well in the case of IF one was able to afford those resources you would probably give them access to it in terms of the Babysitter speaking one of those languages or a Nanny maybe. There are schools that teach curriculums entirely in another language.
I understand your comment and this was a thought exercise as well as pondering if anyone has tried this.