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10 51 PLEASE READ: I NEED YOUR HELP TO SUSTAIN THIS FORUM!
by Carrie
Mar 23, 2018 11:46:17 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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by Andrea
Sept 22, 2017 1:04:49 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!)

329 1,593 Hi from Madrid, Spain
by Adam Beck
May 18, 2018 10:33:27 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.

277 2,343 Non-native language as minority language?
by Raquel
May 24, 2018 19:22:16 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.

156 1,137 Resources for German as ml
by Amy
May 21, 2018 15:04:31 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.)

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by Nellie
Nov 9, 2017 1:59:27 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.

13 508 Challenge #5: Read More Poetry
by Amy
May 21, 2018 15:00:18 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.

45 1,704 "Kicking" the ML out of our home
by Raquel
May 24, 2018 16:57:26 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.

20 80 Virtual playgroup: ml English for a 3 year old
by Joanna
Mar 11, 2018 22:49:53 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.

37 242 Babies can spot language, even when it's not spoken
by Raquel
May 11, 2018 16:44:33 GMT 9
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My two monkeys, Lulu and Roy (now 13 and 11), 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.

27 97 Do have a preference between the ml and ML?
by Raquel
May 16, 2018 19:51:26 GMT 9

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Angela: So sorry for your loss. She was a great woman. I hope you feel a bit better. Kisses from Spain. Apr 22, 2018 23:34:43 GMT 9 *
Mayken: We visited a Loire Valley château yesterday. Our daughter got a kids' activity booklet and we parents got the regular tour booklet in French. She asked for one in German (our ml). When I later asked her why, she said "Because I'm a German-speaker!" :) Apr 23, 2018 23:23:36 GMT 9
Nellie: Haha love it Mayken! The best thing is - she is right! Apr 24, 2018 5:45:09 GMT 9
Adam Beck: 7 Interviews with Adam Beck, Author of "Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability" bilingualmonkeys.com/7-interviews-with-adam-beck-author-of-maximize-your-childs-bilingual-ability/ Apr 24, 2018 6:23:47 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Angela, thank you for your kind message. I'm doing better, day by day, but I still feel dazed... Apr 24, 2018 6:26:04 GMT 9
Amy: Cute Mayken! As the French saying goes "the truth comes from children's mouth" (out of the mouths of babes). ;) Apr 24, 2018 15:44:07 GMT 9
Adam Beck: NEW! Bilingual Lives: Delia Berlin, Author of Bilingual Picture Books (with a Book Giveaway!) bilingualmonkeys.com/bilingual-lives-delia-berlin-author-of-bilingual-picture-books Apr 25, 2018 10:30:23 GMT 9 *
Mayken: My daughter's ml homework for this week included baking a cake - there's a cake in the story they read, and after each chapter there are questions and tasks, and the current chapter has the step-by-step recipe. She's to bring the cake to school too. May 1, 2018 23:48:48 GMT 9 *
Amy: What a nice original homework! Makes such a change from standard homework, and I wouldn't be surprised if kids remember more from it! :) I like your bilingual school Mayken! Lucky little girl, and lucky Mummy! :D May 2, 2018 0:00:43 GMT 9 *
Nellie: Yum Mayken! May 4, 2018 4:28:07 GMT 9
Mayken: ml cake homework update: About half the class brought cake (8 out of 15), not all of them were the cake from the book recipe, but my daughter's was the most popular. (Maybe because we added food colouring and topped it with chocolate icing and smarties?) May 4, 2018 5:58:10 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Cake is definitely my favorite kind of homework! (rofl) May 4, 2018 11:28:51 GMT 9
Adam Beck: NEW! Important Research on Successfully Raising a Bilingual Child bilingualmonkeys.com/important-research-on-successfully-raising-a-bilingual-child/ May 4, 2018 11:29:20 GMT 9 *
Adam Beck: Check out the new challenge! Challenge #13: Talk, Talk, Talk to Your Child bilingualzoo.com/thread/982/challenge-13-talk-child May 9, 2018 14:38:45 GMT 9
Jana: One of the best parts of having kids in bilingual school was getting Mother's Day cards in two languages! (With less-than-perfect spelling in both!) Ha! May 15, 2018 9:16:08 GMT 9
Amy: (Twice) Lucky you Jana! :) So nice to read exciting pieces of news like yours! :) May 16, 2018 5:46:25 GMT 9 *
Mayken: I still have that to look forward to, Jana! Mother's Day in our ML country is two weeks later, and the ml teacher goes along with that date. (It was last Sunday in our ml country.) May 16, 2018 5:58:11 GMT 9
Adam Beck: NEW! How to Create Breakthroughs in the Language Development of Bilingual Children bilingualmonkeys.com/breakthroughs-in-the-language-development-of-bilingual-children/ May 18, 2018 9:02:05 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Sad news: My Father Has Passed Away, Too bilingualmonkeys.com/my-father-has-passed-away-too/ May 24, 2018 12:33:06 GMT 9
Flir: Adam, uh oh. Time waits for no one. I'm very sorry to hear that. Stay strong man, your kids are looking up to you to give them as much as your parents gave you once. Best wishes. May 24, 2018 20:11:03 GMT 9 *