Hello everyone, my name is Amanda and my husband and I will be raising our son bilingual in English and Spanish and he is not even born yet!
I am due in March! I'm getting a head start on things. My husband's native language is Spanish, but he speaks fluent English with a thick accent. My native language is English and I speak intermediate Spanish. While our son will be born in the US and we will be here for the first three months of his life, we will be living in Guatemala most of the time.
I have just started reading Adam's book and was inspired to get on here to learn even more and become a part of this community! Thanks
First, congrats on the baby! Not too long to go now.
Have you guys already decided on how you want to approach raising your son bilingual? OPOL? ml@h? Any other strategies or variants? May I also ask about the "living in Guatemala most of the time"? Will you be moving back and forth?
I believe pregnancy is the best time to prepare everything, including preparing yourself for this. This is the time when I learned lots of nursery rhymes in the ml, baby vocabulary, read books on bilingualism... You have to make the most of the time you have to prepare now.
Amanda, welcome! And congratulations to you and your husband as you eagerly await the arrival of your son! All the best with your preparations! (And once he's born, feel free to share a photo at the New Babies! board, if you like.)
I hope my book provides a helpful overview of your journey forward. (Since we share English as the minority language, some of the resources that have been useful for me--which I mention to some extent in the book, but even more so at my blog--may be useful for you, too.) Please enjoy it and let me know what you think!
I look forward to following your bilingual adventures with your family! Please keep us posted, Amanda!
Adam Beck is the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo, and the author of the popular book Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability amzn.to/22XKuCt and the humorous novel How I Lost My Ear amzn.to/2EsjVRS, both available worldwide. Please support The Bilingual Zoo through Adam's Patreon page www.patreon.com/bilingualmonkeys.
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Amy: @sheilac, I suggest you create an actual thread on the "Questions & Concerns" board, so fellow Zoo Keepers can help you with your concerns. 256 characters is too little to discuss something that is so important to your heart
Jun 2, 2019 23:44:41 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam Beck, thanks for that very interesting and timely post - it justifies the large order for ml books and DVDs I'm about to place in view of my daughters upcoming birthday!
Jun 3, 2019 23:46:00 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Great to hear this, Mayken! And happy birthday to both yours and mine! (They have the same birthday, don't they?) And if anyone missed that post, here's the link once more...
Jun 4, 2019 8:03:42 GMT 9
Mayken: It's our last night in Canada. We've said goodbye to our English-speaking and bilingual English/French friends but we have lots of memories and souvenirs. Let's see how I can keep up the momentum back home.
Aug 21, 2019 9:06:07 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Sounds like a wonderful trip, Mayken! Safe travels home!
Aug 22, 2019 10:33:45 GMT 9