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.
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Amy: Right you are Mayken!
Mar 28, 2018 1:43:20 GMT 9
Marisa: Way to go, Mayken! That's the (bilingual) spirit
Mar 29, 2018 0:55:54 GMT 9
Kristin T.: Will check out your podcast interview on my next run!
Mar 30, 2018 23:24:37 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter brought home her ml report card (she gets a separate one from the regular report card at her bilingual school), and it's straight A's! (Better than her marks in ML on the main report card.) I'm so proud!!!
Mar 31, 2018 6:10:44 GMT 9
Amy: Gratuliere (Congratulations) Mayken!!
Mar 31, 2018 16:54:17 GMT 9
Mayken: Thank you, Amy! As a reward, we allowed her to purchase a big item from her Christmas money--a Playmobil house, with which she now plays in ml!
Apr 4, 2018 3:37:31 GMT 9
Amy: Reward all the way round . Bilingual education can be a virtuous circle
Apr 4, 2018 5:26:18 GMT 9
Nellie: What great news, Mayken!
Apr 5, 2018 4:36:26 GMT 9
Raquel: I totally missed this. Congratulations, Mayken!! You have reason to be proud
Apr 10, 2018 20:08:02 GMT 9
Mayken: Thanks everyone! Today my daughter helped a classmate finish her ml homework just before school - all in ml. (My daughter had finished hers the day before at home.)
Apr 11, 2018 3:58:56 GMT 9
Raquel: I'm so sorry to hear about your mother's passing, Adam. She sounds like an amazing woman. Sending you a big hug from Madrid.
Apr 12, 2018 18:16:38 GMT 9
Marie: I am sorry to hear about your mother Adam. Thinking of you and your family.
Apr 13, 2018 4:25:21 GMT 9
Jana: What a beautiful tribute you wrote to your mother. Sending condolences from the SF Bay Area!
Apr 14, 2018 5:34:03 GMT 9
Kristin T.: I enjoyed reading your post about your mother. Those were some amazing photos to cherish forever. I am sorry for your loss. I know it's ever the more painful having been an expat so long. Take care & be kind to yourself.
Apr 16, 2018 2:24:35 GMT 9
Nellie: I'm so sorry to read about your mother Adam. She sounds like an incredible woman. Your friends across the world are thinking of you and your family!
Apr 17, 2018 0:50:25 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Thank you, everyone, for your warm expressions of sympathy on the loss of my mother. Your friendship and support has meant a lot to me at this challenging time.
Apr 17, 2018 7:44:14 GMT 9