I'm happy to report that the other day Mei and her family came to our house for a visit! (Read Mei's introduction.) It was the first time I've had the chance to meet a fellow keeper in person!
Mei is originally from Singapore, but now lives in Hiroshima, too, and she stopped by with her Japanese husband and her baby boy, who turned 1 in December. My kids were thrilled to play with the little guy! Here he is chasing after a remote control car...
For me, it was kind of a bittersweet moment when I held the baby in my arms. Although I'm not so sure I'd wish for my kids to be babies again--it wasn't exactly an easy time--it's also true that holding them close as infants is one of the warmest memories of my life.
I was also pleased that I could "hand down" a box of resources to Mei for her own journey with her son. (Her poor husband had to carry it to the car!) It's nice to know these books and games can continue to help promote the bilingual development of another child.
I really enjoyed this first meeting with a member of our community, and I hope it won't be the last such opportunity. In fact, I wish I could throw a big party and have you all come over this Saturday night for wine and animal crackers! Still, know that you have an open invitation to visit, if you ever find yourself traveling to Hiroshima, Japan!
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.
Oh yes, it was awesome! I'm so glad that you invited us to your place, Adam! Although it was a really cold day, we felt so warm and welcomed in your home and your children were so sweet. Thank you for the wonderful chat, tea and cookies. We're very grateful for the great English resources like books and games. In fact, we've started reading some of the books and Zhiyang, my baby, really enjoys them. I'm sure he wants to play with your children again, too, because they were so gentle with him. I'm still impressed with your children, you know. Take care till the next time we meet! You'll be able to hold my baby all you want!
Hello from another Hiroshima budding bilingual family! We're in Kure City actually. Just found the zoo and the monkeys. It's one of those wonderful resources which is exactly what I'd been looking for, but which I hadn't realized I'd been looking for until I found it! Here's hoping to get to know some of you better over the next months and years.
Welcome! Welcome to Hiroshima! Welcome to the Bilingual Zoo! I hope you'll be able to share and make use of the ideas shared here. Kure is so near us and I nearly got a job there before. Happy fishing!
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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
May 20, 2019 20:03:33 GMT 9
Raquel: That's cute, Mayken. I hope you enjoyed all that extra free time.
May 29, 2019 18:17:39 GMT 9
SheilaC: I am concern about our upcoming big change to Public school with all English teaching and minimal Spanish. We have been lucky until now with Spanish speaking Nanny and Spanish immersion preschool. We are doing 2-day per week with Spanish after school.
May 31, 2019 10:51:49 GMT 9
Amy: @sheilac, I suggest you create an actual thread on the "Questions & Concerns" board, so fellow Zoo Keepers can help you with your concerns. 256 characters is too little to discuss something that is so important to your heart
Jun 2, 2019 23:44:41 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam Beck, thanks for that very interesting and timely post - it justifies the large order for ml books and DVDs I'm about to place in view of my daughters upcoming birthday!
Jun 3, 2019 23:46:00 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Great to hear this, Mayken! And happy birthday to both yours and mine! (They have the same birthday, don't they?) And if anyone missed that post, here's the link once more...
Jun 4, 2019 8:03:42 GMT 9