There was this cute commercial I came across some time ago for a language learning programme, and it followed an elderly Polish man learning English. He soon had post-it notes all around the house (including on his dog!), and at the end he traveled to England to visit his daughter and it turned out he'd learned English to be able to speak with his granddaughter. It was very touching, though of course I keep thinking that he could have saved himself the trouble if his daughter were bringing up her kid bilingual.
It was an AMAZING commercial! Tears welled in my eyes and gave me the goosebumps first time I saw it.
Yes, I love this video! I laugh, and get choked up, every time I watch it.
Vaishali, one of the key secrets to success, I think, is being "obsessive" about this aim, but in a good way. And it sounds like you fit right in with the many lovely "obsessives" in this community. And I'm really glad to see that you've received so much good advice from everyone. Amy's blog is indeed a goldmine of creative ideas.
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Vaishali, one of the key secrets to success, I think, is being "obsessive" about this aim, but in a good way. And it sounds like you fit right in with the many lovely "obsessives" in this community. And I'm really glad to see that you've received so much good advice from everyone.
Actually my son enjoys being the language police and reminding my husband. I have to say that because he is home a bit more because of the virus, he is making more effort - and also something really wonderful happened - his Slovak is slowly starting to surpass mine when he is with our Slovak nanny. She lets him finish nursery rhymes that I don't even know (just listening in on him with her!) and he can do it... so his knowledge is getting deeper than mine even though mine is broader (adult vocabulary etc) - I love it - I love how I'm witnessing the progress!
So I have to one of these days switch over to the actual Track your Progress section and update there...!
Well I think I only saw that video thanks to you Adam anyway. Thanks again for our chat, and I've been thinking about it and whenever I feel like I'm being lazy/tired, I think, ok, better than burn out! As I tend towards the opposite anyway.
Coronavirus has changed everything I suppose, but one good thing is that my husband is around more and makes more of an effort. So we'll see. Will head over to the Track your Progress when I can. Thanks again for your ongoing inspiration and help!
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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
Jan 18, 2020 4:15:02 GMT 9
Amy: Awww bless her, Marisa!!! That was so cute!! <3
Jan 18, 2020 5:25:44 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Marisa, give that little minority language lover a big hug from me!
Jan 18, 2020 8:04:49 GMT 9
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