Posts: 14 Country (residing now): Israel Country (originally from): Israel & 3 more! Children, Ages: none yet, little bilingual girls at home tho ;) Majority Language: Hebrew Minority Language(s): English, German (& French?)
Aside for introducing the second language - do you also try to keep its cultural/national heritage "alive"? Especially if it's a part of the heritage of your kid...
If yes - how so?
For me the first answer would be "food" - yet in times of mixing the cuisines available for everyone, and considering many traditional recipes are devouring much time/energy/money, I wonder what other ways do people use - if they do at all...
Colouring Easter eggs, having St Nicolas fill the stocking, going to the lantern pageant of the bilingual school (hopefully she'll be attending one next year), reading books about a girl in the ml country doing typical things (lantern pageant among them). It's part and parcel.
I think culture through food comes naturally. I look around 3rd and 4th generation immigrants, and food is the only thing that survives. It makes sense. I don't try to be culturally aware when cooking, I just make food I like. The food I like is the food my parents cooked. The food of my people.
My active attempts are through books, through songs and cartoons. I celebrate my holidays and explain their significance to my kids. I also have a cultural costume. I think most importantly though is contact with others like her. It gives her a sense of belonging that you simply cannot teach.
For our family, music and food are the hits!! Also religion is a big factor since it is very important in our ml country. We also celebrate holidays and religious holidays with their respective music and food. My kid is still very young but I talk to him about the meaning of those celebrations. I am also introducing the love for soccer in the hopes he will be into it when the time comes.
Mayken: My 7-year-old, her ML dad and a ml family are going to the Christmas market at a ml school today - and I can't go with them! (Hope that ML dad's presence doesn't stop the kids from speaking ml together.)
Dec 2, 2017 22:12:04 GMT 9
Amy: I'm sure the language balance is heavily in favour of the ml. Don't you worry Mayken. And it's also good that your daughter sees that the ml exists beyond the Mummy sphere. It will give more weight to the ml to hear from another sphere.
Dec 2, 2017 22:51:42 GMT 9
Mayken: In the end, it was my daughter with ML dad and the other girl with ML mom (but who's fluent in ml). The other girl got tired of ml after a while but my girl chatted with people in ml and bought ml books and a snack, all in ml!
Dec 5, 2017 0:29:57 GMT 9
Amy: Not so bad after all then, Mayken
Dec 5, 2017 6:27:24 GMT 9
Mayken: Not bad at all, I just regret I wasn't there with them.
Dec 6, 2017 6:11:36 GMT 9
Amy: As the French have it Mayken: "ce n'est que partie remise!"
Dec 6, 2017 18:47:06 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter wrote her letter to Santa in the ml this weekend, and we'll send it to Santa's address in the ml country, that way she'll get an ml letter back from him! Last item on her wishlist reads "The second Harry Potter book, and more books."
Dec 11, 2017 23:59:38 GMT 9
Adam Beck: More books is always good!
Dec 12, 2017 8:15:58 GMT 9
Adam Beck: For Christmas: The Most Beautiful Video You Might Ever See About a Bilingual Familybuff.ly/2nI2yrE
Dec 12, 2017 8:16:04 GMT 9