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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Feb 1, 2019 10:12:14 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam Beck, thanks for sharing the impressions of your trip to China! I love those duck boats and that doorway! And meeting those kids wanting to speak English with you is so amazing!(I won't enter the giveaway because I'm afraid of winning the chicken claws!)
Feb 6, 2019 0:24:50 GMT 9
Mayken: My friend S asked her bilingual 2.5-year-old daughter: What language do mommy & daddy speak? D: English! S: What language does Grandma speak? D: French! S: What language do the cats speak? D (*thinks, then answers*): Meow!
Feb 7, 2019 0:08:00 GMT 9
Amy: Bless!! how cute is that!!! Reminds me of a similar thing that happened with my youngest when she was 18 months: she said the sound right for every animal but the cow. She kept answering "Lola" because of a famous Spanish nursery rhyme about a cow!
Feb 7, 2019 0:40:09 GMT 9
Alba: My son caught us by surprise when we said thank you (in English) to a waiter in a Mexican restaurant, and he said "gracias" (thank you) to him too in Spanish, also signing it! He was having a blast and there was some Spanish music in the background.
Feb 10, 2019 18:48:58 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Sounds like a wonderful moment, Alba!
Feb 11, 2019 11:57:53 GMT 9
Alba: Streaming problems: I decided to play some cartoons in ml2 (Hindi) which I knew had been playing in ml2 the day before with his dad. I was studying my son's face to see if he understood, turns out the cartoon was in Polish, not sure why!
Apr 4, 2019 0:44:39 GMT 9
Amy: Cute code switching this morning when my 3 year old told me "I get my pótamo" (she meant her hippo soft toy). This mixing was music to my ears... It means she is truly growing trilingual.
Apr 6, 2019 2:51:35 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Lovely, Amy! Good for you, and good for her! P.S. I like hippos.
Apr 7, 2019 10:32:37 GMT 9
Alba: So funny, Amy! Great to hear I love the word Hypo, every child says it different! My son did something similar when he say "This tocotó", he calls horses "tocotó" based on the noise they made when trotting (tocotó, iiii (neigh)-ok, for a Spanish ear)
Apr 8, 2019 6:52:09 GMT 9
Amy: Cheer Alba and Adam Beck! . I love these "baby" words. They are so cute. I like the "This tocotó" another example of state of the art Spanglish <3
Apr 9, 2019 4:54:05 GMT 9