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8 16 Raising Bilingual Kids? Don't Miss These Helpful Resources!
by Adam Beck
Apr 30, 2017 6:08:05 GMT 9
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What do you think of The Bilingual Zoo and Bilingual Monkeys? Have some ideas for making them even better?

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12 72 Book Reviews
by Tracey
Apr 20, 2017 16:43:45 GMT 9

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Tell us about you and your family. Where do you live? What are your languages? What's your bilingual journey been like so far? What do you hope to gain, and give, through your participation here? (Share your warm welcome with new members of this community, too!)

270 1,249 Bilingual baby on the way!
by Adam Beck
May 22, 2017 10:19:26 GMT 9
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What questions do you have about raising bilingual (or multilingual) kids? What challenges are you currently facing? Share them here, and lend support to others.

199 1,645 How many hours is enough?
by Nellie
May 24, 2017 6:42:55 GMT 9
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Share strategies, ideas, and resources that have worked for you. Ask for advice to find resources in your target language.

120 817 Schooling dilemma
by Amy
May 23, 2017 0:33:31 GMT 9
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Share a photo of your beautiful bilingual-to-be baby with this community! We love babies! (If you're not sure how to post a large photo, just send Adam a private message for support.)

9 54 French-German-English baby born
by Elodie
Apr 12, 2017 15:58:27 GMT 9

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Challenges are designed to empower your efforts and boost your children's bilingual development. Try one (or try them all!) and tell us what happened.

11 260 Challenge #6: Do Something Playful and Quirky
by Ulrike
May 13, 2017 14:47:10 GMT 9
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You want accountability? Tell us about your aims and your efforts. Share what you're going to do, then do it and report back on your progress. Help others stay on track by offering encouragement.

32 394 Small steps forward with a small language
by Adam Beck
May 22, 2017 10:59:18 GMT 9
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Connect with others, near or far. Make new friends to exchange experiences, ideas, and support. Post your appeal to the world. Respond to requests.

17 66 Hi, here is an Italian-English little girl!
by Marta
Apr 29, 2017 22:13:22 GMT 9

Time to Unwind

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Relax at the snack bar and talk about all things off-topic. Get to know one another a bit better. Free coffee and animal crackers.

26 161 Raising a bilingual child as a non-native speaker
by Mario
May 5, 2017 23:04:37 GMT 9
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My two monkeys, Lulu and Roy (now 12 and 10), want to take part in our community, too! So feel free to ask them any questions you like--about their lives and their experience as bilingual children--and I'll have them respond. Your questions can be addressed to them as a pair, or individually.

21 73 How do you feel about being bilingual?
by Adam Beck
May 5, 2017 8:19:16 GMT 9

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Adam Beck: Mayken, I love that little anecdote! Wonderful in all ways! :) And Wojtek, I'm happy to hear your good news! Your bilingual dream is gradually coming true, isn't it? :) May 10, 2017 5:54:00 GMT 9
Wojtek: Thanks Adam, gradually yes, she speaks more and more but .. you know, could be better. I think I will have to look again into the armory which is in your book :) May 10, 2017 6:13:44 GMT 9 *
Mayken: Yay, Wojtek, that's great news! I hope she likes the language kindergarten as much as my daughter likes her bilingual school! May 10, 2017 23:31:50 GMT 9
Amy: Delighted to say our application to an English Wednesday School for our eldest daughter has gone through first stage! :) Next step: entrance test! So nervous! :) May 11, 2017 5:09:14 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Amy, congratulations and best of luck! :) May 11, 2017 15:33:23 GMT 9
Adam Beck: NEW POST: How to Deal with Unsolicited Advice, and Address Other Difficulties, on Your Bilingual Journey http://bilingualmonkeys.com/unsolicited-advice-and-other-difficulties-on-your-bilingual-journey/ May 11, 2017 15:34:11 GMT 9 *
Wojtek: Mayken: Thanks! That kindergarten is far better then the last one. And we all love it. English has time frames everyday. It is not like they communicate with children in English throughout the day but it's the best place in our region. May 11, 2017 17:52:03 GMT 9 *
Wojtek: 1st week's gone. Tonight when we sat in the dim light just before getting to bed she sang the song for me she learnt in her new place. It was like: "I love my daddy. Here's a kiss and a hug for you. Thank you daddy for all you do". I wept... May 13, 2017 4:51:38 GMT 9 *
Ahmet: Hey Adam! My book has arrived (https://goo.gl/photos/kS4Lg5TTTeXuEvhm8), I've almost read half of it already. It's wonderful :) May 13, 2017 21:21:26 GMT 9 *
Adam Beck: Ahmet, I'm so glad you're enjoying it! Your positive reaction (including your fun photo) means a lot to me! Many thanks! :) May 13, 2017 22:19:28 GMT 9
Amy: Wojtek, enjoy those magical moments. You are a very lucky Daddy. :) May 14, 2017 1:09:34 GMT 9 *
Wojtek: Amy: Thanks! :) I am a very lucky daddy! :) May 15, 2017 22:50:12 GMT 9 *
Mayken: My daughter brought her ml workbook home recently, and that inspired me to create my own worksheets for her. I posted them on my blog: http://www.cow-pla.net/wordpress/tag/work-sheets (Don't be too harsh on my drawing skills, please. :) ) May 19, 2017 5:21:25 GMT 9 *
Adam Beck: Great, Mayken! And I bet your daughter enjoyed your cute, creative efforts! :) May 19, 2017 6:14:32 GMT 9
Nellie: My daughter has started asking (in ML/Spanish) for me to sing her songs in ml2 (English)! Several times today and yesterday she asked for "la canción en inglés", while just a month ago she would scream if I did so! This seems like progress! May 20, 2017 10:00:13 GMT 9 *
Adam Beck: New video at Bilingual Monkeys TV: How to Get Your Bilingual Child to Speak Your Language (Watch at my YouTube channel, and please subscribe for more videos!) https://youtu.be/YrBUH4UJEGU May 20, 2017 15:54:56 GMT 9
Amy: That is amazing news Nellie!! Go for it! :) May 20, 2017 21:24:10 GMT 9
Mayken: That's great news, Nellie! May 23, 2017 4:43:34 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nellie, yes, this is an excellent example of progress! Good for you both! :) May 23, 2017 5:58:08 GMT 9
Adam Beck: NEW VIDEO with my cousin Andy! I hope you like it! (And please "like" it, if you do!) Funny Tongue Twisters for Kids (and English Learners of All Ages) https://youtu.be/lsGkJcJj7a8 May 24, 2017 11:53:48 GMT 9