Hi everyone, my name is Ewelina and I live in Hertfortshire, England with my Irish husband Sean and our 4-month-old daughter Sasha. I’m originally from Poland and I’m a secondary school teacher, I teach English and also work as an examiner and moderator for Polish GCSE/ A-levels exams. Recently I got promoted to a position of an EAL expert at my school. I’m a fluent Russian speaker and I absolutely adore learning and teaching languages.
I’ve just finished reading your book Adam and I must say it was a fascinating read. I was familiar with many techniques you described but I simply love the way you described your journey and how it made your relationship with your children so close. I have exactly the same goal as you had. I want Sasha to speak, read and write fluently in Polish. At the moment I speak only Polish to her and my husband speaks English. We play Polish radio at home, invite Polish friends round so she is exposed to my language. I tried to read to her but she simply won’t sit still. Will keep trying. 🙃
What else can we go at this stage? I’ll be grateful for any advice.
Ewelina, welcome! Many thanks for reading my book! I'm happy that it resonated with you. If you'd consider sharing your positive impressions with others, including in a short review at Amazon, that would be so helpful and so appreciated.
Oh, and did you know that the book is available in Polish, too? So far, the Polish edition is the only other language version of the book! Maybe it would interest you to compare the two language versions?
Anyway, it sounds like you're off to a strong start on your bilingual journey with your daughter. Early on, the most important things are talking a lot and reading a lot. (And try making a habit of playing Polish music in the background through much of the day.)
Basically, the more language that goes in, the more language can eventually come out. So be as proactive as possible, day by day, about providing exposure to her in Polish.
As for her "not paying attention" when you're reading, as long as her ears are open, she's definitely getting the input so keep reading as much as possible. Maybe this thread about reading aloud would be useful to you.
I'm cheering for your family, Ewelina, and I look forward to hearing good news from you as time goes by!
Adam Beck, the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo, is the author of "Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability"; "Bilingual Success Stories Around the World"; "I WANT TO BE BILINGUAL!"; "28 Bilingual English-Spanish Fairy Tales & Fables"; the fun-filled wordless picture book "Bearded Dragon, Home Alone"; and the award-winning humorous novel "How I Lost My Ear".
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