Best way for a 2 yo kid to learn Mandarin/Russian?

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Feb 8 30 Comments

I don't speak any of these languages but I think learning them could be helpful to my kids for the future.

What are our options in Seattle area?

I'd be glad if you share your opinions and experiences.

Thank you!

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  • Uber zerxifk
    Why Russian? How is that gonna be useful?
    Feb 8 14
    • Microsoft
      MP3

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      Yeah, the guy does pay for everything. But there is no gender war. Women love men, and men love women. No PC culture, people mess around with coworkers, especially students and young single people. The type of relationship you have depends on the girl you’ll be with. What is great is you’ll find many feminine slim women who will be happy just being around with you and having fun. Dating is much simpler than in US, but you do have to wait a few weeks before you get intimate due to cultural norms (slut shaming).

      @zerxifk:
      I can only tell about advantages of learning Russian for an American because I know Russian and I see where I have an obvious cultural edge over Americans. It is what I personally experienced and know.

      Once you know two very distinct languages/cultures, it becomes very easy to pick up on the differences in others. I have learned quite a bit from Chinese art, their philosophy, Japanese art, and so on. It is a window to a completely different world.

      Most people dedicated to learning a language don’t do it to learn a language, but to become familiar with another world through different culture. Why they seek it is another question altogether.
      Feb 8
    • Uber / Eng
      meowimacat

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      I saw a video once where Ukrainian women were saying they think the money the man earns should be shared but their own money is their own... 🙄
      Feb 8
    • Microsoft
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      So? They’re allowed to think that. And you’re allowed to tell them to fuck off. You’re an educated man with a respectable profession. You set the rules. She doesn’t like it - there is the door! If you’re the kind of guy who lets her take your money - shame on you, bro! Be it Ukraine, Russia or USA.

      Do you know of self-help courses that are popular in US? In Russia there is that too, but there are also many personal relationship courses targeted specifically at women. For example, 1) how to find a good man 2) how to keep a good man, which involves education 3) how to help your man succeed 4) how to help your man become rich (how to encourage, how to love, etc). You can find many recorded lectures on YouTube, in Russian.

      There are cultural “obligations” to you as a man, but you are free to openly demand her end of cultural “obligations” is met. And if you are a good mate, which you will be as programmers are upper income class, there will be PLENTY of women who will try to lure you away with sex, gifts, etc.

      It is a different world, man.
      Feb 8
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      meowimacat

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      I see. Is casual dating not a thing there? Also what good tech companies are there?
      Feb 8
    • Microsoft
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      Your dating life will really depend on your game, learning the language, and understanding specifics of culture.

      Casual dating isn’t really a thing. The environment is such that it is relatively easy to find a good girlfriend that you enjoy spending quality time with. People don’t usually hang out as a single couple, but get together with close many friends either at home or bar, club, movie theatre, restaurant, whatever. You could casually date, but you may not have much luck outside of major cities.

      Moscow, St Petersburg, Kiev, etc, have offices of some US companies. There are also many outsourcing firms. You would definitely need to learn the local language. If you find remote work in US/Canada on your own your pay will be 2-5x times higher. I hear Senior engineer makes $3k/mo in most of Ukraine, which is a lot of money. I have a few friends working remotely for US/Canada directly making $6-12k/mo pre-tax with less than 5yoe. Imagine the quality of life you’ll have in Kiev, for example, where a good salary is $800/mo.
      Feb 8
  • Uber / Eng
    meowimacat

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    Why do you think those languages in particular would be helpful?
    Feb 8 4
    • Microsoft / R&D microphone
      OP
      Good question. Chinese because of the opportunity to meet large number of people. Russian because the opportunity to marry a beautiful woman and also to scare the shit out of people :)
      Feb 8
    • Drive.ai rsrs
      Your kid will love you! Haha
      Feb 8
    • Zulily jXaO40
      How do you know your kid will like Russians? Maybe Asians. 😂

      Then again is Russia eastern Europe or Asia?
      Feb 8
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      meowimacat

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      So your son is gonna go overseas to Russia to find a wife? Lol
      Feb 8
  • Google w66ftyh
    Some of my friends in SF send their kids to a bilingual Montessori/Pre-school that's Mandarin + English. It's funny to see little blonde kids and Indian kids speaking Chinese.
    Feb 8 0
  • Apple Snut Ella
    2 is the perfect age to start. But realize you will fail at teaching them unless you are fluent yourself. Find a preschool that caters to Russian or Chinese students.

    I applaud you for this. There is really another more valuable you can do for your child.
    Feb 8 0
  • Capital One / Other debrew
    Russian or Chinese live in nanny.
    Feb 8 0
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    • Apple Snut Ella
      Rosetta Stone is garbage. Especially for difficult languages.
      Feb 8
  • Amazon ConorMcGre
    Try Chinese and Spanish.
    Feb 9 0
  • Microsoft ЯR
    There are a lot of Russian daycares in the area. I would suggest to send your kid there to one of those. In addition to full immersion, your kid will also get 5 time a day healthy homemade meal, a lot of activities like arts, music classes, etc
    Feb 8 0
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    meowimacat

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    In Soviet Russia, language learns you!
    Feb 8 0
  • VMware unbalanced
    I once knew people (Russian) who hired Iranian nanny for their son, and I think he spoke Farsi. Not sure how proficiently and if he was able to maintain it afterwards though...
    Feb 8 0
  • MathWorks £€€¥
    It's going to be nearly impossible to teach a 2yo kid a language artificially. Wait till he's older.
    Feb 8 0
  • Zulily jXaO40
    Immersion, language is not just speaking but also culture.

    Pick one. Not both.

    There you go.
    Feb 8 0