Post by Tatiana Marza on Jan 21, 2015 22:05:59 GMT 9
Hello, everyone! It is simply a pleasure to have so many parents around, engaged with bilingualism .
I was born and raised in Moldova, an ex USSR member, so Romanian and Russian are my native languages.
At the age of 18 I came to Greece for my studies and had to learn Greek, which after 15 years it is like my 3rd native language . Beside these languages, my mother had the great idea to literally make me learn French. And English, came almost by itself...
My husband, who is Greek, used to live in USA for 15 years and we met in Greece. When my first son was born, 4 years ago, I began to talk to him in Greek and thankfully, my husband insisted that I talk only in Romanian. So, a BIG THANK YOU to him for that!!! Now it is obvious to me that I should have talked to my son in Romanian.
At the age of 1.5 years old, my toddler began to reply to me in Greek, since he was mostly hearing this language. And here enters Adam’s help. I found his website and in less than 2 weeks the situation changed. It is so wonderful to talk to my children in Romanian now... Even my husband learnt a lot. Although he doesn’t speak, he sometimes corrects me !
But the challenges are not over yet and thankfully Adam had the brilliant idea to create this forum where we all can exchange ideas and help each other even more!
Tatiana, welcome! I'm really glad to hear that my blog, and now this forum, is a source of support to your efforts. It sounds like you and your children are making good progress, and it's great that your husband has been so supportive. Bravo to you both!
Though you'll naturally face further challenges as time goes by (and the fact that there are multiple languages in the mix makes this even trickier), I know you have the right positive and proactive spirit to continue advancing your children's multilingual development at a steady pace.
I look forward to following your journey at The Bilingual Zoo!
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I'm Alice and I'm from Romania. I was born and raised in Bucharest. Now I live in USA and my husband is American. We in fact attend a Greek Orthodox Church. I saw that your husband used to live in US. We have 3 kids: 6.5, 4 and 2y9mo old. I am also struggling with teaching them Romanian.
My middle son refused to hear me talk in Romanian for a while. We found this online program called Dinolingo, which made all 3 kids eager to learn Romanian. The program also has DVDs and printed books. Every night before bedtime we spend time reading from those books. They especially love the quizzes on the new words they learn. They get stickers for every new word they can remember and we have a countdown of how many words they got stickers for. Luca, my oldest, already has more than 200 stickers and Michael, my middle one, has over 100 stickers. I try to speak to them in Romanian as much as possible and constantly teach them new words and phrases.
Unfortunately, I work as well and I don't spend enough time with them in order to become easily fluent. However I decided that my goal is to teach them Romanian as I learned English, with frequent little lessons.
Adam told me a while ago to get in contact with you because we could help each other in this bilingual journey.
Please let me know what you found useful and worked for you.
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Raquel: I love it, Mayken! What a sweet lady. I would have listened in and not asked, hehe. Did you use it to show your daughter how useful the ml can be?
Dec 21, 2017 20:35:38 GMT 9
Mayken: Raquel, my daughter loved it - both the coincidence, and that this lady was learning our language!
Dec 24, 2017 22:25:47 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Happy New Year to you all! Let's make 2018 a really good year!
Dec 31, 2017 7:04:50 GMT 9
Joanna: Packing to go home from Canada...luggage scale reading 23 kg of minority language books!
Dec 31, 2017 23:48:06 GMT 9
Amy: Happy new year to all! . May 2018 bring you every success in your bilingual endeavours!
Jan 1, 2018 23:08:58 GMT 9
Mayken: Happy new year to everyone! I shared a little New Year's Eve story in the Snack Bar.
Jan 5, 2018 5:08:21 GMT 9
Mayken: 7yo wrote her Christmas letter in the ml and sent it to Santa's address in our ml country. This week she received his reply - and was somewhat offended that he replied in the ML
Jan 5, 2018 21:47:21 GMT 9
Adam Beck: That's very cute, Mayken!
Jan 6, 2018 7:57:09 GMT 9
Amy: Oh no Mayken!! I'd also feel very gutted in her shoes! Hope he made up for it by spoiling her on Xmas!
Jan 7, 2018 1:12:53 GMT 9
Mayken: He totally did, Amy! Especially her most important wish - the second illustrated Harry Potter (in ml, of course).
Jan 9, 2018 0:06:05 GMT 9
Raquel: Happy 2018!! How come Santa replied in the wrong language? That's weird.
Jan 9, 2018 19:26:41 GMT 9
Mayken: Raquel, he gets letters from all over the world at that German address, and I guess the reply is in the language that matches the country fo the child's return address. Next time she'll use my mom's address (if she still wants to write to Santa then).
Jan 10, 2018 0:38:19 GMT 9
Raquel: Mayken, I just was surprised that, reading a letter in a certain language, they would reply in a different one. But if it's an standarized letter, then it makes total sense.
Jan 10, 2018 21:42:23 GMT 9
Mayken: It is. Our local ML Santa, to whom my daughter wrote the year before (in ml) replied in ML too but started the letter with her name. But then he's serving a town of 37,000 people only.
Jan 10, 2018 23:18:32 GMT 9
Raquel: Makes sense, Mayken. Thanks for explaining.
Jan 11, 2018 22:31:51 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter called me out twice this week for using the wrong language with her. The second time it was only one work (number of a métro line).
Jan 12, 2018 0:16:39 GMT 9