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 non-fiction 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.
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
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: Adam Beck, Amy, 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
Mayken: My daughter's school had the annual lantern pageant yesterday. It always moves me to tears when I see the kids stand and belt out the songs in our ml. This year, the ml kids also recited a short poem on St Martin.
Nov 25, 2018 3:34:49 GMT 9