The answer, of course, is no.
Kids assimilate what's in their environment. If you want your kids to learn good manners, practice them at home. If you want your kids to love sports, then don't be a couch potato. If you want your kids to love learning, then surround them with opportunities to learn and make sure you show you're passionate about it also.
Teacher Zeena's tips on getting kids to speak Filipino (or English) better:
1. Speak to them in the language. Kids are like sponges. They will pick up tonalities, words, and accents very easily. Expose them to media where the language is spoken WELL and PROPERLY. 'Jejemon' and 'barok' English just won't cut it; so does bastardized Hispanizations of Filipino words that permeate so much of media today. If you want them to speak a language well, then you will have to start by speaking it properly and correctly yourself.
2. Get them good books to read in the language you want them get comfortable with. This doesn't mean you have to go 'makata' or Shakespeare all at once. Just expose them to good examples of it. Adarna has good books in Filipino. Make a trip to the bookstores to see what else you can use to start, according to your child's pace and tastes.
3. Don't laugh at their efforts. Always encourage, always support. Back them up if someone does otherwise. At the same time, don't punish them for not trying hard enough—remember that 'piso rule' some of us had while growing up? Anyone who spoke a word of Filipino would have to drop a coin in a jar? I reckon it worked more to shut us up than help us to try.
4. Approach the learning in creative ways. Language doesn't mean just grammar or syntax or sentence construction. The technical parts of it are important, of course, but it's certainly more natural and enjoyable if learned through an artform—a play, a song, a poem. concepts are much better learned when strung together in a narrative than when presented as stand-alone facts. Show how beautifully the language can be used to create works that can move emotions, make people laugh or cry or think.
5. Be careful with the impressions you give about Filipino/English. Check yourself: do you think that one language is superior to the other? Again, kids pick up on cues faster than we think. If you give the slightest hint that another person is "inferior" because he or she uses one language more than the other, then you're sending signals that that's not the language your child should be using. (Come on, I've seen that humble-braggy act before: "my kids only speak English; they don't speak Filipino e—they're so hina in it nga, I don't know what to do! It's our language pa naman!")
Indeed. It is our language and we should be proud of it. We should learn to use it in better and bigger ways.
What do you think? What else can parents do to help our kids learn and appreciate our language better? (RA)