I'm a British mum to a 2 week old, my partner is German. We're looking to bring him up in both English and German, we're off to get his German passport tomorrow. My other half is a native German and my handle of the language is poor at best, but I'm trying to change that, unfortunately languages don't come naturally to me...I'm more of a math and science person.
Currently 'Maximize' is my reading material during the late night feeds. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all and reading about your journeys.
Kirsty, welcome! And warm congratulations to you and your partner on the recent arrival of your first child! Savor this time when your little bilingual-to-be boy is so small because he'll grow very quickly! And encourage your partner to provide as much exposure to German as possible during these first few formative years to help your son acquire and actively use this language from an early age.
I hope you find this community, as well as my blog and my book, useful sources of support for your bilingual journey! And best of luck with your own learning of German! You can do it, but like the bilingual aim itself, this goal needs ongoing persistence and long-term perseverance. Take it day by day, step by step, and over the months and years ahead, you'll make good progress at both!
And if you enjoy my book, I'd naturally be grateful if you'd share your impressions with others, online and off! Thank you, Kirsty! Feel free to reach out, anytime!
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 doesn't matter that your German is not good because the good news is that you can learn along with your son as long as you are willing to make that effort. And if you do, it will be a huge support to your husband because the bilingual journey is particularly rough for the minority language parent. So all the help you can give will be welcome to him.
Don't worry too much about your child's English because basically English is everywhere (media, family, nursery school, shops, friends, etc...) and it will soon become more trouble than anything as its emphasis will tend to eclipse the importance of German.
So go German as much as you can for your little boy's sake!
I'm with you in being more of a math/science person, but I think once you start speaking to your son in German, practicing every day and having a real need for the language, things will get better. As a little kid, I had no interest in learning that boring school subject called "English". I only started liking loving it when I travelled abroad and discover that I needed it to play with other kids my age (long, long ago...) After that, I loved the idea of learning any language. But I digress. I hope those sleepless nights aren't too long and I look forward to hearing more from you soon!
Welcome to the zoo and congratulations on your little one! My firstborn is 9 years old, and I speak much more ml now than I did 9 years ago. It is as much a journey for us parents as it is for our kids! Enjoy it, it's a lot of work but it's a lot of fun and very rewarding also.
Marisa: "Victory moment:" My almost 4-year-old daughter told me yesterday in the ml (rough translation): "mom, there's something wrong with the cartoons, can you fix it, please?"... she was accidentally watching TV in the ML! So I gladly obliged
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Amy: Awww bless her, Marisa!!! That was so cute!! <3
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Adam Beck: Marisa, give that little minority language lover a big hug from me!
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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!
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