I'm now back in Japan after a very fruitful trip to Europe. Over the course of five weeks, I visited nine countries, had homestays with 10 families, and recorded 15 interviews with parents for a new book I'm writing that gathers together "success stories" about raising bilingual and multilingual children.
If you'd like to learn more about my trip (and see photos, too), I've written a series of blog posts about it at Bilingual Monkeys.
Special thanks to everyone who helped make my trip such a fantastic experience. I can't tell you how wonderful it was to finally meet so many of you in person! We even had a lovely get-together of parents and children in a Paris park one sunny afternoon!
**NEW! Bearded Dragon Daydreams Coloring Book, created by me and my son, is now available at booksellers worldwide!** 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).
It's good to hear you're back home safely, Adam. It was wonderful meeting you in person at last and having you stay with us. My daughter loved playing (and talking!) with you. And that get-together was so much fun!
I'm truly sorry about that stupid transport strike.
Looking forward to reading more about your adventure!
Mayken: We're at Harry Potter Book Night at the English bookshop in Paris. The activities are all in French but my daughter teamed up for the treasure hunt with a girl who also speaks ouf ml German!
Feb 8, 2020 3:50:49 GMT 9
Amy: Was stunned to hear eldest had an anglophone (ml) accent when she began to read in the ML this afternoon!! Didn't last more than a paragraph until her brain switched language, but chuffed mum here!!
Mar 7, 2020 23:05:49 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter found the secret stash of ml books I'd bought at the closure sale of the ml book store two months ago and hidden away for later. Guess it's a good time for new books now, right?
Mar 18, 2020 5:29:38 GMT 9
Caro C.: My baby (16mo) perfectly knows what "hi5" means and readily shows her hand even when we are not showing our hand first. It feels like the first minor blossom of the bilingual seed.
Jun 1, 2020 13:05:36 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice, Caro! Give her a high-five from me! And I look forward to hearing about many more happy developments to come!
Jun 8, 2020 15:12:21 GMT 9