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 book "Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability", praised worldwide by parents and experts in the field. Available at Amazon amzn.to/22XKuCt, the global Amazon sites, and other booksellers.
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!
Mayken: School starts again tomorrow. This year, exceptionally, 7yo will have all of her ml classes in 2 half days, instead of 1h/day. We'll see how that goes. (She's in 2nd grade.)
Sept 3, 2017 17:58:36 GMT 9
Amy: "Bonne rentrée" Mayken! Hope this new schedule will work well for your daughter though I have no doubt she will keep up her already excellent bilingual level
Sept 3, 2017 18:57:33 GMT 9
Mayken: Thanks Amy! Bonne rentrée to you too! My daughter has ml on Tuesday mornings (tomorrow!) and Thursday afternoons.
Sept 5, 2017 5:39:39 GMT 9
Amy: First Wednesday at home magic: ml2 bathed home and catching my 5 year old singing along her music player in ml2.... Bilingual bliss! Only you fellow bilingual parents could understand this
Sept 6, 2017 21:05:46 GMT 9
Mayken: Planning to send my daughter to ml school again during the next holidays. But it's ok, she's looking forward to it!
Sept 8, 2017 4:45:12 GMT 9
Mayken: We had our parents meetings with the ml teacher, my daughter will have a lot of work this year! One parent asked "which kids actually do speak ml at home?" Does that mean many of them don't???
Sept 13, 2017 5:02:26 GMT 9
Nellie: Mayken - my daughter is a lot younger than yours (just starting PS), but in her class there are two children with Spanish-speaking parents, but apparently neither of them actually speak it...disappointing!
Sept 13, 2017 6:28:10 GMT 9
Amy: Nellie, these 2 kids might simply be passive bilinguals, and as you know the penny might simply drop one day and they'll start using Spanish...
Sept 13, 2017 17:05:33 GMT 9
Mayken: In our ml class the kids are required to have a high level of ml. In class they only speak ml (this year there's a penalty for speaking ML!). I assumed they all speak ml with the ml parent at home. (I've known those kids for 2 years.)
Sept 13, 2017 23:42:56 GMT 9
Nellie: Yes I'm sure you're right and they are passive bilinguals! And they are young. I certainly hope by your daughter's age that my little one will be speaking ml1 with me - have already seen a lot of progress over the last week! The penny is dropping!
Sept 14, 2017 5:51:52 GMT 9
Patricia: Has anyone encountered studies, or personal accounts, of bilingualism (or multilingualism) playing a role in delayed speech?
Sept 15, 2017 1:31:58 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Patricia, please complete your Profile (see my "welcome message" for guidance), then post your questions to the forum boards. Thank you.
Sept 15, 2017 6:14:15 GMT 9