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.
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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