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9 16 Closing sale at Bilingual Style! Shop now for Christmas!
by Adam Beck
Nov 9, 2018 13:46:32 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!)

345 1,689 Hi from a French in Indonesia
by Raquel
Nov 16, 2018 22:27:11 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.

300 2,583 Pretending not to speak ML (but can understand)
by Raquel
Nov 15, 2018 18:44:00 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.

170 1,308 Ideas / material to teach English as a third language
by Amy
Nov 16, 2018 7:10:13 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.

13 543 Challenge #9: Make Good Use of Inspiring Quotes
by Adam Beck
Nov 3, 2018 7:15:42 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.

49 2,394 "Kicking" the ML out of our home
by Tatyana L
Nov 17, 2018 5:11:27 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.

22 83 Hallo, any German speakers out there?
by Mayken
Nov 15, 2018 22:09:13 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.

43 256 Creating a bilingual mind
by Amy
Nov 10, 2018 5:07:37 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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Adam Beck: NEW! Upset About Raising Bilingual Kids? That Might Be a Very Good Thing. (Really.) bilingualmonkeys.com/upset-about-raising-bilingual-kids/ Oct 16, 2018 8:38:48 GMT 9 *
Mayken: I found the "homerun" book for my daughter - except it's in the ML. Now searching for an ml equivalent... Oct 16, 2018 22:51:58 GMT 9
Adam Beck: NEW! 10 Board Books That I Will Hand Down to My Kids for Their Children bilingualmonkeys.com/10-board-books-that-i-will-hand-down-to-my-kids-for-their-children/ Oct 26, 2018 14:57:26 GMT 9
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Adam Beck: WARNING: This is a humorous post, but the images are a bit scary! 10 Frightful Monsters Explain the Many Benefits of Being Bilingual buff.ly/2qhimjO Oct 29, 2018 18:38:13 GMT 9
Raquel: Happy Halloween, everyone!! Oct 31, 2018 18:06:11 GMT 9
Amy: Happy belated Halloween Raquel! ;) Nov 4, 2018 18:13:04 GMT 9
Amy: And to all other fellow zookeepers of course! ;) Nov 4, 2018 18:13:28 GMT 9
Wojtek: Yesterday my daughter used a Polish word in an English sentence. From time to time she does it (don't know if I should be happy about that), but anyway what was amusing about that, she said it with an English accent! :) Nov 5, 2018 18:23:45 GMT 9 *
Wojtek: I feel the English accent in our monolingual family has seemed to be something unreachable but in that mixed sentence, I heard the difference. It surprised me slightly. :) Nov 5, 2018 18:23:55 GMT 9 *
Amy: So cute Wojtek! And such a lovely piece of news! :) Nov 7, 2018 6:29:36 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice Wojtek! Give that little girl a big hug from Uncle Adam! :) Nov 7, 2018 10:16:33 GMT 9
Wojtek: I will :) Thanks! Nov 8, 2018 23:46:48 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Closing sale at Bilingual Style! Shop now for Christmas! bilingualzoo.com/thread/1054/ Nov 9, 2018 13:56:04 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter is home sick (nothing serious), meaning a whole day of ml exposure! (Though she is missing her ml class at school.) Nov 9, 2018 20:49:20 GMT 9
Amy: Make the most of it Mayken! ;) (We bilingual parents really are freaks, rejoicing in having our kids sick at home! lol :P ;) ) Nov 10, 2018 5:23:00 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Yes, I freakishly even wrote a blog post about this: Here's the Bright Side to Bilingual Kids Getting Sick bilingualmonkeys.com/the-bright-side-to-bilingual-kids-getting-sick/ Nov 10, 2018 6:50:48 GMT 9
Adam Beck: It's a lovely Sunday in Hiroshima, Japan and we took a walk at a nearby temple. Stop by my Facebook page for some photos! www.facebook.com/bilingualmonkeys Nov 11, 2018 13:39:15 GMT 9
Amy: Beautiful pictures Adam! The serenity of the place transpired in every pic. Thank you for sharing them :) Nov 11, 2018 21:58:40 GMT 9
Mayken: , , she got a lot of ml exposure but there's only so many times I can watch a Bibi & Tina DVD. Glad she's back at school today. Nov 13, 2018 0:16:03 GMT 9