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!
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.
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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Amy: Cute code switching this morning when my 3 year old told me "I get my pótamo" (she meant her hippo soft toy). This mixing was music to my ears... It means she is truly growing trilingual.
Apr 6, 2019 2:51:35 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Lovely, Amy! Good for you, and good for her! P.S. I like hippos.
Apr 7, 2019 10:32:37 GMT 9
Alba: So funny, Amy! Great to hear I love the word Hypo, every child says it different! My son did something similar when he say "This tocotó", he calls horses "tocotó" based on the noise they made when trotting (tocotó, iiii (neigh)-ok, for a Spanish ear)
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Amy: Cheer Alba and Adam Beck! . I love these "baby" words. They are so cute. I like the "This tocotó" another example of state of the art Spanglish <3
Apr 9, 2019 4:54:05 GMT 9
Mayken: Got home from a short trip to Zürich - heard German, French & Italian on the train, and both German and French in the tram. And everyone speaks English too. It was nice to be able to choose which of my languages I wanted to speak!
May 6, 2019 23:07:42 GMT 9
Amy: Such a lovely feeling, isn't it? I miss that!
May 7, 2019 16:33:19 GMT 9
Mayken: It is, Amy . I didn't realise how much I had missed it.
May 7, 2019 23:10:43 GMT 9
Amy: Last year, a new colleague joined my team. She's trilingual in the same languages as me. It was like magic. We change languages and even code-switch several time a day. I had missed that so much!! My monolingual colleagues must think we're freaks! lol
May 8, 2019 4:56:12 GMT 9
Amy: Unfortunately, she has resigned and is leaving shortly. I was so proud to introduce her to my eldest, one day that I had brought her to show her round my office. And to introduce other bi/multilingual colleagues. Show how important languages are.
May 8, 2019 4:58:26 GMT 9
Mayken: That must have been wonderful, Amy! I'm sorry she is leaving. I would love to find someone like that. We had an English intern last year who spoke German and French. We chatted a lot.
May 8, 2019 6:06:01 GMT 9
Caro C.: Oh Amy I sort of feel related to what you are saying. Some months ago I made a friend from the US. She happens to be a neighbor with four kids. We’ve been sharing back and forth and I’d love my baby girl to eventually be able to share with her children
May 13, 2019 12:55:09 GMT 9
Caro C.: Although maybe they will be a bit old for her, still we (I mean their mom = Sarah and me) both are very happy and grateful for each other as friends.
May 13, 2019 12:57:05 GMT 9
Mayken: As of yesterday, I am aunt to a baby girl who lives in our ml country with 2 ml parents, and I'm already planning to get them a nice nursery rhymes CD for our first visit.
May 16, 2019 20:03:47 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice, Mayken! Have a happy visit!
May 17, 2019 9:10:21 GMT 9
Caro C.: OMG I just came across this song and it filled my heart with joy and excitement...perfect for all of us who are parents: youtu.be/g1fcnhB8GOY
May 19, 2019 14:01:55 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Caro, thanks for sharing that lovely song. Raffi was one of our very favorite musicians when my kids were small. We listened to him all the time. I highly recommend his albums as a source of very enjoyable and very effective English input.
May 20, 2019 15:32:26 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter is on a field trip this week and I feel like I've lost my main purpose
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