Well, now we have about two dozen fat, white beetle grubs hiding in the dirt in two big plastic containers. To be honest, they're not very cuddly creatures, but we look forward to watching them grow into large black beetles in the spring. I guess we've become beetle-breeders.
At the same time, we found another praying mantis egg case outside in our yard, which means we'll have another lively batch of baby praying mantises in the spring, too.
Adam Beck is the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo, and the author of the popular non-fiction 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.
My fun fact is about how my husband and I met. At the time I was living in Germany near the French border and part of the staff of the weekly inline skate through town. We went on a trip to Paris to join the Friday night skate there (3 hours, about 25km). I liked it so much I went back several times, then asked if I could join the staff there. For the first few months, fellow staffers would put me up for the night. Then I decided I was going to spend my summer holidays in Paris, and at staff meeting I asked if someone could help me find accommodation for three weeks. The guy who stepped up is now the father of my bilingual daughter.
Let me add that I stopped my weekly commutes a year later to move to Paris full-time. And I continued to staff at the Friday night skate up until my pregnancy. Practically all of our friends were on staff there as well, and four among them (two couples) met each other there, too.
Now we're waiting for our daughter's feet to be big enough for her first pair of inline skates. She already tried ice skating last winter:
In December 2006 I flew to Sydney, Australia to visit my sister who had been living there since 2002 and to escape the German winter. I also wanted to once again spend New Year's Eve watching the spectacular fireworks that Sydney is famous for. I got all that and so much more...
New Year's Eve was also the night I met my partner - a colleague and former flatmate of my sister's. He, like me, is German!!! We spent a lot of time together and after 4 weeks I had to go back to Germany. 6 months later I quit my job, turned down an amazing job offer (as English teacher in a bilingual (German-English) daycare centre, a job that is usually only offered to English native speakers, which I am not), booked my flight and returned to Sydney in early August of 2007. Now some 7+ years later I am still here in Sydney with the man that I fell in love with on New Year's Eve and together we've got a beautiful baby boy that is now nearly 7 months old.
I had to travel to the other side of the globe to meet the love of my life... And it happened to be a guy who grew up "only" some 550km from where I grew up. Could it have been any more complicated???
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Amy: Happy birthday to your 2 bilingual monkeys Mayken and Adam Beck !
Jun 30, 2018 5:15:05 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken, that's true, but in our case, the U.S. didn't make it to the World Cup this time! Japan has gone through, but they'll probably get knocked out very soon...
Jun 30, 2018 7:22:16 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Wojtek, Poland won! I was disappointed, though, to see Japan hold the ball at the end of the game because they only wanted to go through to the next round. I understand why they did that but I wish they had played harder...
Jun 30, 2018 7:24:42 GMT 9
Wojtek: Well, it suited both teams to slow down the ball. However, it was really unexpected and peculiar
Jul 1, 2018 1:16:27 GMT 9
Mayken: On the train from Cologne to my hometown, I saw a boy about 9/10 and his older sister. She was fluent in German but spoke French with a slight accent, he spoke only French. They were visiting their grandparents. I was intrigued but didn't ask.
Jul 1, 2018 22:06:55 GMT 9
Wojtek: Does anyone know an online English speech language therapist? I thought that it could be a good idea to get my girl evaluated in her ml...
Jul 6, 2018 4:02:38 GMT 9
Mayken: Yay! My 8-year-old daughter passed her ml swim test today! After swimming & diving, the pool attendant asked her to recite the swimming/safety rules (our recent captive reading), and she knew them all!
Jul 6, 2018 21:28:23 GMT 9
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Jul 7, 2018 11:28:32 GMT 9
Agnese: First words. What to expect? My son is 10 months old. He's still babbling, but I've noticed some different sounds depending on the situation. I wonder if he'll start saying his first words in the next weeks (or months, who knows?). What should I expect?
Jul 11, 2018 0:30:24 GMT 9
Amy: Don't expect anything Agnese. Just let it happen, and then what he says will hit you like a train. It's an amazing moment. Just live it and don't overthink it. Whatever he says, in whatever language it is, it is a magical moment.
Jul 11, 2018 5:11:14 GMT 9
Agnese: I've recently found a further (annoying) challenge: when I speak ml (Italian) to my child (10m) in front of ML acquaintances, they are making jokes about what I said (mostly accent, similar unrelated words...). What do you think is the best way to act?
Jul 15, 2018 13:04:11 GMT 9
Amy: Agnese, it is simply because they never had the opportunity to be acquainted so closely to that language. Just smile and keep going. Over time (even if this may seem long), the comments will fade. Don't show your son you are embarrassed by your ml.
Jul 16, 2018 3:56:41 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Agnese, I strongly second Amy's advice! Stay strong and continue speaking Italian!
Jul 18, 2018 6:22:37 GMT 9
Adam Beck: And Agnese, keep in mind that, above all, the highest priority is your bilingual aim, not the other passing concerns that are part of this experience (for us all). Don't let these distract you from the greater goal.
Jul 18, 2018 6:24:49 GMT 9
Agnese: Thank you! After this setback I feel stronger than ever! The same day of the incident I ordered plenty of books in the ml on Amazon and I'm reading every day new research on bilingualism and bilingual education. I'm ready to defend my goal! Thanks
Jul 19, 2018 18:37:58 GMT 9
Agnese: Thank you for the suggestion!
Jul 21, 2018 15:40:43 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter met some inversed ML/ml kids today who live in our ml country. Their parents probably weren't thrilled they found n ML (for them) friend in their ml country. I'm sorry...a little bit.
Aug 7, 2018 2:07:34 GMT 9