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 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.
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: Happy birthday to your 2 bilingual monkeys Mayken and Adam Beck !
Jun 30, 2018 5:15:05 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken, that's true, but in our case, the U.S. didn't make it to the World Cup this time! Japan has gone through, but they'll probably get knocked out very soon...
Jun 30, 2018 7:22:16 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Wojtek, Poland won! I was disappointed, though, to see Japan hold the ball at the end of the game because they only wanted to go through to the next round. I understand why they did that but I wish they had played harder...
Jun 30, 2018 7:24:42 GMT 9
Wojtek: Well, it suited both teams to slow down the ball. However, it was really unexpected and peculiar
Jul 1, 2018 1:16:27 GMT 9
Mayken: On the train from Cologne to my hometown, I saw a boy about 9/10 and his older sister. She was fluent in German but spoke French with a slight accent, he spoke only French. They were visiting their grandparents. I was intrigued but didn't ask.
Jul 1, 2018 22:06:55 GMT 9
Wojtek: Does anyone know an online English speech language therapist? I thought that it could be a good idea to get my girl evaluated in her ml...
Jul 6, 2018 4:02:38 GMT 9
Mayken: Yay! My 8-year-old daughter passed her ml swim test today! After swimming & diving, the pool attendant asked her to recite the swimming/safety rules (our recent captive reading), and she knew them all!
Jul 6, 2018 21:28:23 GMT 9
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Jul 7, 2018 11:28:32 GMT 9
Agnese: First words. What to expect? My son is 10 months old. He's still babbling, but I've noticed some different sounds depending on the situation. I wonder if he'll start saying his first words in the next weeks (or months, who knows?). What should I expect?
Jul 11, 2018 0:30:24 GMT 9
Amy: Don't expect anything Agnese. Just let it happen, and then what he says will hit you like a train. It's an amazing moment. Just live it and don't overthink it. Whatever he says, in whatever language it is, it is a magical moment.
Jul 11, 2018 5:11:14 GMT 9
Agnese: I've recently found a further (annoying) challenge: when I speak ml (Italian) to my child (10m) in front of ML acquaintances, they are making jokes about what I said (mostly accent, similar unrelated words...). What do you think is the best way to act?
Jul 15, 2018 13:04:11 GMT 9
Amy: Agnese, it is simply because they never had the opportunity to be acquainted so closely to that language. Just smile and keep going. Over time (even if this may seem long), the comments will fade. Don't show your son you are embarrassed by your ml.
Jul 16, 2018 3:56:41 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Agnese, I strongly second Amy's advice! Stay strong and continue speaking Italian!
Jul 18, 2018 6:22:37 GMT 9
Adam Beck: And Agnese, keep in mind that, above all, the highest priority is your bilingual aim, not the other passing concerns that are part of this experience (for us all). Don't let these distract you from the greater goal.
Jul 18, 2018 6:24:49 GMT 9
Agnese: Thank you! After this setback I feel stronger than ever! The same day of the incident I ordered plenty of books in the ml on Amazon and I'm reading every day new research on bilingualism and bilingual education. I'm ready to defend my goal! Thanks
Jul 19, 2018 18:37:58 GMT 9
Agnese: Thank you for the suggestion!
Jul 21, 2018 15:40:43 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter met some inversed ML/ml kids today who live in our ml country. Their parents probably weren't thrilled they found n ML (for them) friend in their ml country. I'm sorry...a little bit.
Aug 7, 2018 2:07:34 GMT 9