Hi everyone! I'm originally from the Czech Republic, currently live in South Carolina with my husband and a 2 year old daughter and hopefully we'll have another family member soon.
I am a stay-at-home mom and speak only Czech to my little one. My husband speaks English and knows only a few Czech words but he uses them when he can. We fly to Czech every year as I couldn't make it without seeing my family and friends for too long. It is also important for me that my daughter is exposed to Czech as much as possible.
I read Mr. Beck's book and am hoping to gain more information and help here.
Kate, ahoj! And welcome! (I was a teacher in Plzen many years ago and returned to the Czech Republic for the first time--in 23 years--last fall.)
I read your other post (about confusing your little one) and it sounds to me, as other zookeepers have said, that you and your daughter are off to a strong start on your bilingual journey together. (They offered a lot of very helpful advice!) So I simply encourage you to stay as proactive and persistent as you can about speaking to her in Czech and providing as much general exposure to this language as you can. The more input she receives during these early formative years, the better positioned you'll be to sustain her active ability in Czech through the years to come...which will also benefit the conditions for nurturing Czech in a little sister or brother, too.
Kate, please feel free to call me Adam! And I hope you enjoyed my book! (If so, I'd be really grateful if you'd consider sharing your impressions with others at Amazon and Goodreads. Many thanks!)
Adam Beck is the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo and the author of "Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability"; "I WANT TO BE BILINGUAL!"; "28 Bilingual English-Spanish Fairy Tales & Fables"; and the award-winning humorous novel "How I Lost My Ear".
Post by Patrycja Partyka on Dec 27, 2020 5:46:55 GMT 9
I'm Patrycja (Polish mum) and I live with my family in Prague. Hope you and your family are doing fine and safe in this crazy time. In case you would like to talk about living abroad and raising kid with minority language let me know.
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