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 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).
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
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