My name is Alice, I’m Italian, and I'm an English teacher. I teach adults and kids as well (from 1 to 12 years old). I really like my job and I really love English, even if it’s not my mother tongue. It feels as close to me as Italian and that’s why I’ve decided to raise my daughter bilingual. Sofia is 2.5 years old and she speaks English and Italian. My husband and I use the OPOL method and we speak Italian to each other.
Sofia is doing really well. She mixes the 2 languages a little bit sometimes, but I'm really proud of her and I can tell she enjoys it because it's really natural for her.
My relatives were really against my decision but I was very determined so now they understand and they are happy about it.
We live in a little village in Tuscany. It's very tiny but super close to the sea.
My best friend is American and she lives near here too so she speaks English to Sofia as well. We see her once a week and then we have a group of bilingual kids and once or twice a month we usually meet up.
Alice, welcome! It sounds like you and your daughter are off to a very promising start on your bilingual journey together! Good for you, and good for her!
The fact that you have an English-speaking friend who Sofia sees regularly, as well as a local group of bilingual kids and moral support from your extended family, are important factors in your favor, alongside the good efforts that you're making each day.
Your determination is clearly paying off in various ways so I encourage you to keep that determination strong, even when you come across obstacles on the path ahead. Stay (playfully) persistent and you can persevere past them toward greater success as Sofia continues to grow.
I send my best bilingual wishes from Hiroshima and I look forward to hearing more happy news from Tuscany!
Adam Beck is the author of the popular nonfiction books "Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability" and "I WANT TO BE BILINGUAL!" (illustrated by Pavel Goldaev) as well as the award-winning humorous novel "How I Lost My Ear" (illustrated by Simon Farrow).
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