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 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.
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.
Mayken: My daughter's ml homework for this week included baking a cake - there's a cake in the story they read, and after each chapter there are questions and tasks, and the current chapter has the step-by-step recipe. She's to bring the cake to school too.
May 1, 2018 23:48:48 GMT 9
Amy: What a nice original homework! Makes such a change from standard homework, and I wouldn't be surprised if kids remember more from it! I like your bilingual school Mayken! Lucky little girl, and lucky Mummy!
May 2, 2018 0:00:43 GMT 9
Mayken: ml cake homework update: About half the class brought cake (8 out of 15), not all of them were the cake from the book recipe, but my daughter's was the most popular. (Maybe because we added food colouring and topped it with chocolate icing and smarties?)
May 4, 2018 5:58:10 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Cake is definitely my favorite kind of homework!
May 4, 2018 11:28:51 GMT 9
Jana: One of the best parts of having kids in bilingual school was getting Mother's Day cards in two languages! (With less-than-perfect spelling in both!) Ha!
May 15, 2018 9:16:08 GMT 9
Amy: (Twice) Lucky you Jana! So nice to read exciting pieces of news like yours!
May 16, 2018 5:46:25 GMT 9
Mayken: I still have that to look forward to, Jana! Mother's Day in our ML country is two weeks later, and the ml teacher goes along with that date. (It was last Sunday in our ml country.)
May 16, 2018 5:58:11 GMT 9