I'm ready for today's challenge! I love this weekly reminder to speak in the ml. I accidentally said something to my husband in the ML this morning, then realized it and quickly repeated it in the ml... Oops!
You're hardcore, Alison. When the kids are sleeping, we allow ourselves to use the ML... I don't know who said this is like quitting smoking (was it you, Amy?) and it's true... I need my daily fix of speaking to my husband in my own language.
Beginnings are always hard, but we're still in February and you're already working on it, so I'd say it's looking good.
Haha! I'm not hardcore enough to attempt evening ml for the whole of March but I can try it for one day a week. I realised I should be making more use of the fact my husband is a native speaker.
Unfortunately my son had other plans and was really unsettled all evening so I only had about 15 minutes with my husband before I had to start going up and down trying to settle my son and then I gave up and used ML as I wasn't in the mood to persevere. My husband and I spend such a small amount of time together on weekdays and much of our communication is repetitive and based around the basics of food and nappies! That's why I also tried to listen to podcasts in ml too.
I think I should try making signs to put up for ml March to remind us both to use it. My husband is worse than I am at remembering.
Best of luck with your efforts, everyone! I look forward to hearing the highlights!
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Angela: So sorry for your loss. She was a great woman. I hope you feel a bit better. Kisses from Spain.
Apr 22, 2018 23:34:43 GMT 9
Mayken: We visited a Loire Valley château yesterday. Our daughter got a kids' activity booklet and we parents got the regular tour booklet in French. She asked for one in German (our ml). When I later asked her why, she said "Because I'm a German-speaker!"
Apr 23, 2018 23:23:36 GMT 9
Nellie: Haha love it Mayken! The best thing is - she is right!
Apr 24, 2018 5:45:09 GMT 9
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
Flir: Adam, uh oh. Time waits for no one. I'm very sorry to hear that. Stay strong man, your kids are looking up to you to give them as much as your parents gave you once. Best wishes.
May 24, 2018 20:11:03 GMT 9