kids adapting

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im looking at relocating two children under 11 will they cope with a third langauge,they have fluent english,french is it best to put them in an international school or throw them into portuguese? anyhelp considered usefull thanks again


DonaGael 1260219250

There will be lots of replies to this post, I'm certain.

My own 2 cents is this: Knowing another language is always more than beneficial - it's an advantage that can not be measured and learning young is the way to go!

As far as schools - I've read so many posts touting the benefits of both Portuguese schools and International schools. Kids adapt better than adults and to have the opportunity to make new friends in a new culture/home will not be 100% smooth, but in the end I think your kids will thank you for it. Later in life, they will look back and give you credit for giving them such a great life!

lusitano-760837 1262614649

thank you for your kind words


Blueberrymuffin-758796 1263209360

Moved to Lisbon 3 years son having lived in Ireland. He went to a French school there for a year. We put him into a Portuguese school in Alvalade. He was fluent in Portuguese within 6 months of living here. My husband, who is Portuguese, always spoke Portuguese to him growing up, he never responded because he was surrounded by people who spoke English. As I work on a freelance basis and was away quite a lot, our son was totally emersed in the Portuguese culture, language etc when schooling in Lisbon. He has never looked back, thoroughly enjoying living in Lisbon. Languages are a great asset, with Portuguese your children will learn Spanish very easily.. it was definitely the right decison for us. Best of luck whatever you decide.

jamora 1263500862

Kids adapt quickly, and the younger the better.

Only older than 11 and I'd err on the side of caution, but i think 11 year olds will be fine going into a Portuguese school and will pick the language up pretty quickly.

MillyMTD 1454892349

Hi.  My experience!  We lived in Lisbon for 6 years, now commute between Dublinn & Lisbon.  Our son was 5 years of age when we moved there.  He went to a private school in Alvalade.  He had no problem adapting & is now fluent at Portuguese.  Kids are very adaptable, they find it so easy to fit in in a new environment, and tend to love the outdoors too.  Best of luck with your new well worth it.

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