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11 53 You're invited to visit us in Hiroshima, Japan!
by Mayken
Sept 6, 2018 19:51:57 GMT 9
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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!)

340 1,655 Hi from Austria: starting the bilingual journey by accident?
by Adam Beck
Sept 10, 2018 18:02:57 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.

291 2,465 Five-year-old understands, but doesn't speak, the ml
by Adam Beck
Sept 24, 2018 8:14:49 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.

168 1,268 Resources for German as ml
by Mayken
Sept 24, 2018 2:14:35 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.)

15 80 My daughter was born earlier this month!
by Adam Beck
Jun 8, 2018 6:26:09 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.

13 540 Challenge #4: Make Use of Captive Reading
by Adam Beck
Sept 3, 2018 9:05:20 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.

47 2,206 2 Spaniards raising Eng-Spa bilingual children in Spain
by Nellie
Sept 24, 2018 6:35:35 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.

42 255 Small report on Hokkaido earthquake this week
by Flir
Sept 10, 2018 7:19:59 GMT 9
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My two monkeys, Lulu and Roy (now 14 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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Amy: Agnese, it is simply because they never had the opportunity to be acquainted so closely to that language. Just smile and keep going. Over time (even if this may seem long), the comments will fade. Don't show your son you are embarrassed by your ml. ;) Jul 16, 2018 3:56:41 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Agnese, I strongly second Amy's advice! Stay strong and continue speaking Italian! Jul 18, 2018 6:22:37 GMT 9 *
Adam Beck: And Agnese, keep in mind that, above all, the highest priority is your bilingual aim, not the other passing concerns that are part of this experience (for us all). Don't let these distract you from the greater goal. :) Jul 18, 2018 6:24:49 GMT 9 *
Agnese: Thank you! After this setback I feel stronger than ever! The same day of the incident I ordered plenty of books in the ml on Amazon and I'm reading every day new research on bilingualism and bilingual education. I'm ready to defend my goal! Thanks Jul 19, 2018 18:37:58 GMT 9
Amy: Go Agnese, go! ;) If you want information on bilingualism, visit the website of THE bilingualism expert, François Grosjean: www.francoisgrosjean.ch/myths_en.html :) Jul 20, 2018 3:44:12 GMT 9
Agnese: Thank you for the suggestion! Jul 21, 2018 15:40:43 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter met some inversed ML/ml kids today who live in our ml country. Their parents probably weren't thrilled they found n ML (for them) friend in their ml country. I'm sorry...a little bit. Aug 7, 2018 2:07:34 GMT 9 *
Adam Beck: NEW POST AT BILINGUAL MONKEYS: Make the Most of Your Precious Time with Grandparents, Whether Near or Far bilingualmonkeys.com/make-the-most-of-your-precious-time-with-grandparents/ Aug 11, 2018 9:35:23 GMT 9
Adam Beck: ANOTHER NEW POST AT BILINGUAL MONKEYS: 5 Key Ways to Fortify Your Home Environment for Bilingual Success bilingualmonkeys.com/5-key-ways-to-fortify-your-home-for-bilingual-success/ Aug 15, 2018 16:07:10 GMT 9
Amy: Looks like the 3 weeks in ml1 country paid off: my ML mother reports my youngest would only speak ml1 to her! Lol Not sure ML childminder will be so happy when she returns... loool! :P Aug 25, 2018 0:38:50 GMT 9
Mayken: Sounds like fun times ahead, Amy! Keep us posted. Aug 27, 2018 23:15:08 GMT 9
Adam Beck: In case you haven't seen this... 51 Great Quotes on Language for Language Lovers, Teachers, and Learners bilingualmonkeys.com/51-great-quotes-on-language-for-language-lovers-teachers-and-learners/ Aug 29, 2018 20:25:18 GMT 9
Adam Beck: NEW! Something Strange Happened 2 Days After We Moved into Our New House (And Its Significance to Change and Transformation on the Bilingual Journey) buff.ly/2ww8WDD Aug 31, 2018 10:30:39 GMT 9
Amy: Happiest bilingual mum in the world 8-): the new lady who conducts activities in ml2 with my eldest just assessed her level as pretty much equivalent to that of a native ml2 child! After that awful back-to-school start, this is like music to my ears. :D Sept 6, 2018 0:00:13 GMT 9 *
Wojtek: I've been thinking for a long time to write an update and hopefully, I will do it one day. My brother married a Russian woman. That was nice to see that my 5-year-old daughter could play with her and speak English together! Sept 7, 2018 21:37:25 GMT 9 *
Wojtek: After some time, she ran up and told me: "She is speaking English!" :) Sept 7, 2018 21:38:31 GMT 9 *
Adam Beck: Nice to hear your happy news, Wojtek! And congratulations to your brother and his bride! It sounds like they may have a bilingual child in their future, too! Cheers to you all! :) Sept 7, 2018 21:58:17 GMT 9
Wojtek: Thanks Adam! :) Sept 8, 2018 0:46:48 GMT 9
Adam Beck: BIG NEW POST AT BILINGUAL MONKEYS: Fantastic Bilingual Book Project for Children and Parents bilingualmonkeys.com/fantastic-bilingual-book-project-for-children-and-parents/ Sept 12, 2018 14:40:31 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Glowing new review, in Polish and in English, of my book "Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability" buff.ly/2xDMc56 Sept 21, 2018 20:23:18 GMT 9