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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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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!)

305 1,450 Bilingual family in England (Polish) - advice needed
by Raquel
Dec 4, 2017 19:06:56 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.

240 2,004 How to interact with other kids
by Raquel
Dec 12, 2017 18:24:56 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.

142 985 Looking for Spanish books for younger children
by Tracey
Dec 9, 2017 18:40:36 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.)

14 76 New arrival!
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.

12 397 Challenge #3: Maintain an Effective Homework Routine
by Tracey
Dec 13, 2017 1:41:46 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.

39 732 2 Spaniards raising Eng-Spa bilingual children in Spain
by Raquel
Dec 12, 2017 21:23:13 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.

19 77 Holiday Book Exchange - Any interest?
by Talia
Nov 14, 2017 5:22:13 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.

31 201 Understanding bilingualism in early childhood
by Raquel
Nov 20, 2017 20:23:29 GMT 9
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My two monkeys, Lulu and Roy (now 13 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.

23 79 Languages you'd like to speak
by Adam Beck
Oct 27, 2017 15:27:48 GMT 9

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Mayken: When you've been waiting for years to share Harry Potter with your child, and one day she picks up the book and reads the first lines herself: youtu.be/P-L7cp-T4LU :) Nov 6, 2017 1:41:36 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Wonderful, Mayken! A joyful outcome of the steady patience and persistence through all the days that came before! :) Nov 6, 2017 9:34:43 GMT 9
Raquel: Awesome, Mayken!! YAY!! Nov 8, 2017 18:02:22 GMT 9
Nellie: So cute Mayken! Nov 9, 2017 2:02:21 GMT 9
Mayken: Thanks everyone! Nov 10, 2017 0:29:31 GMT 9
Mayken: The charms are adorable, Adam! Nov 12, 2017 1:30:15 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Burning Questions About Raising Bilingual and Multilingual Children bilingualmonkeys.com/burning-questions-about-raising-bilingual-and-multilingual-children/ Nov 18, 2017 11:16:24 GMT 9 *
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Mayken: My 7-year-old, her ML dad and a ml family are going to the Christmas market at a ml school today - and I can't go with them! (Hope that ML dad's presence doesn't stop the kids from speaking ml together.) Dec 2, 2017 22:12:04 GMT 9 *
Amy: I'm sure the language balance is heavily in favour of the ml. :) Don't you worry Mayken. ;) And it's also good that your daughter sees that the ml exists beyond the Mummy sphere. ;) It will give more weight to the ml to hear from another sphere. ;) Dec 2, 2017 22:51:42 GMT 9 *
Mayken: In the end, it was my daughter with ML dad and the other girl with ML mom (but who's fluent in ml). The other girl got tired of ml after a while but my girl chatted with people in ml and bought ml books and a snack, all in ml! Dec 5, 2017 0:29:57 GMT 9
Amy: Not so bad after all then, Mayken ;) Dec 5, 2017 6:27:24 GMT 9
Mayken: Not bad at all, I just regret I wasn't there with them. Dec 6, 2017 6:11:36 GMT 9
Amy: As the French have it Mayken: "ce n'est que partie remise!" ;) Dec 6, 2017 18:47:06 GMT 9 *
Mayken: My daughter wrote her letter to Santa in the ml this weekend, and we'll send it to Santa's address in the ml country, that way she'll get an ml letter back from him! Last item on her wishlist reads "The second Harry Potter book, and more books." :) Dec 11, 2017 23:59:38 GMT 9
Adam Beck: More books is always good! :D Dec 12, 2017 8:15:58 GMT 9
Adam Beck: For Christmas: The Most Beautiful Video You Might Ever See About a Bilingual Family buff.ly/2nI2yrE Dec 12, 2017 8:16:04 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Coming in 2018: The New Novel by Adam Beck, Founder of Bilingual Monkeys bilingualmonkeys.com/coming-in-2018-the-new-novel-by-adam-beck/ Dec 12, 2017 15:15:42 GMT 9
Mayken: Yay! Congrats, Adam! And the cover looks awesome! Dec 12, 2017 23:44:21 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Thank you, Mayken! :D Dec 13, 2017 4:58:56 GMT 9