I just discovered this website this morning during my break at work and I had a hard time to focus since then, I'm just jumping from one article/thread to another, that website is like the Bible thank you so much Adam!!!
I'm French, my husband is Brazilian and we met at work here in Iowa 3 years ago. Although I was supposed to stay only one year, I felt in love so I stayed.
We have a 9 months old daughter, Sophia, I speak only French to her and my husband only Portuguese. She goes to daycare 5 days a week (English speaking only) and my husband and I speak English together. We both try to get her as much as she can from our languages but also cultures (books and lullabies so far). There are also other French and Brazilian families around and hopefully when our daughter will be older she can play with other kids and practice the same language. I'm learning Portuguese and my husband French so that we can try to have some conversations in the minority language when Sophia grows up.
Thanks again Adam for all those great advices, it makes me even more confident that we can get Sophia trilingual.
I'm definitely looking forward to reading your book!
Marion, welcome! My hometown is Quincy, Illinois, so I feel like we're neighbors! (Even though I now live in Japan. )
It sounds to me like your daughter is in a good position to become actively trilingual. English, of course, won't be a problem at all, since she'll acquire this language from school and the community. It's important, though, that you and your husband both be very persistent about using your mother tongues in her presence. I know this is tricky, especially since I imagine you and your husband use English to communicate, but the more your daughter hears you two speaking English, the more this could potentially undermine her need to use these minority languages once she begins to speak. (The two "core conditions" for fostering active language ability are exposure and need.)
I encourage you to take a close look at this post at Bilingual Monkeys, and the many comments below it...
Marion, I wish you all the best on your trilingual journey! And I look forward to hearing good news from you as time goes by!
Adam Beck is the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo, and the author of the popular book Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability amzn.to/22XKuCt and the humorous novel How I Lost My Ear amzn.to/2EsjVRS, both available worldwide. Please support The Bilingual Zoo through Adam's Patreon page www.patreon.com/bilingualmonkeys.
Veda L: A happy belated new year to all keepers! Any quick tips on how to edit profile (kids’ ages etc)? I’ve fumbled about with no luck. Thanks!
Jan 9, 2019 23:58:17 GMT 9
Mayken: Veda, when you go to your "Profile", there's a button at the top right that says "Edit Profile". Then click on the "Personal" tab (and other tabs) to edit the information. Hope that helps!
Jan 10, 2019 0:14:02 GMT 9
Veda L: Many thanks to Mayken for the tip. Finally changed my profile. To those who are celebrating Chinese New Year, a healthy and prosperous year of the pig in advance!
Jan 30, 2019 6:44:01 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Here's a lively list of 20 bloggers raising bilingual/multilingual children! (Recognize anyone?) buff.ly/2QT0eHL
Jan 31, 2019 9:01:41 GMT 9
Mayken: Hey Adam Beck, how come your photo on that list is bigger than everyone else's?
Jan 31, 2019 23:59:17 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken, I don't know, but I wish I could say it's because I'm taller! My son (almost 12) is now nearly as tall as I am. Just yesterday I told him that I have to start growing again!
Feb 1, 2019 10:12:14 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam Beck, thanks for sharing the impressions of your trip to China! I love those duck boats and that doorway! And meeting those kids wanting to speak English with you is so amazing!(I won't enter the giveaway because I'm afraid of winning the chicken claws!)
Feb 6, 2019 0:24:50 GMT 9
Mayken: My friend S asked her bilingual 2.5-year-old daughter: What language do mommy & daddy speak? D: English! S: What language does Grandma speak? D: French! S: What language do the cats speak? D (*thinks, then answers*): Meow!
Feb 7, 2019 0:08:00 GMT 9
Amy: Bless!! how cute is that!!! Reminds me of a similar thing that happened with my youngest when she was 18 months: she said the sound right for every animal but the cow. She kept answering "Lola" because of a famous Spanish nursery rhyme about a cow!
Feb 7, 2019 0:40:09 GMT 9
Alba: My son caught us by surprise when we said thank you (in English) to a waiter in a Mexican restaurant, and he said "gracias" (thank you) to him too in Spanish, also signing it! He was having a blast and there was some Spanish music in the background.
Feb 10, 2019 18:48:58 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Sounds like a wonderful moment, Alba!
Feb 11, 2019 11:57:53 GMT 9