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 girl and I are going to see her ml grandma in our ml country for the Easter weekend. (And buy more books!)
Apr 13, 2017 4:35:53 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken, I hope you two have a fun, book-happy weekend!
Apr 13, 2017 5:23:08 GMT 9
Mayken: On the train from Paris to Cologne we sat next to another ml mother and daughter from our school! Only noticed when almost in Cologne. It's a small ML-ml world!
Apr 13, 2017 21:40:37 GMT 9
Amy: Got fleeting impression during Skype call with daughter on holiday at grandparents' in ml1 country, that her ml1 pronunciation has improved! She even seemed more confident speaking in ml2!
Apr 14, 2017 23:12:48 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken and Amy, you and your kids are both doing so well! Keep up your wonderful efforts!
Apr 15, 2017 21:26:50 GMT 9
Mayken: During the traditional German Easter fire, my daughter met her friend from her school day in the ml school! So many birds with one stone! (Sorry for the birds ;))
Apr 16, 2017 18:51:11 GMT 9