I posted the third blog yesterday morning and wrote (haven't published yet) the next one last night. Having ideas for the fifth one already. Since I posted my first post I discovered that so many people are willing to help and support in many ways in my own community. It's definitely very encouraging!
At first, I was not very convinced by taking on this challenge.
But over time I notice that I forget far too quickly all the nice moments on our bilingual journey. Which is a shame as I know they are a driving force in times of doubts. So I decided to write a personal diary on our bilingual journey, to put down all the good times and--when doubts shall kick in--the bumps met on the road.
***"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars" - Oscar Wilde***
I write only in this forum. I also write in ml in handwriting in a diary form but that's because I wanted to do a homework plan later when my children start writing and reading. Now when I see all the good ideas that you guys wrote, I am inspired to do many other things to take this further.
Undraa, I'm curious what script(s) you write your ml in. Is your ml Mongolian? Do you use Cyrillic or Chinese characters? Or maybe there's some other option I'm forgetting. Does anyone still use that classical Mongolian script?
Please excuse my ignorance.
When I write things for my children I use ml (Roman alphabet) exclusively. But I'm totally jealous that my son gets to learn Japanese writing from such an early age in school.
This is one of those areas where I think multilingual parenting really has an advantage over monolingual parenting. That's because it gets us parents to pay a lot more attention to the texts that our families are producing and consuming! But more than that, I love that this loving attention to our languages generates so many opportunities to bask in the joy of expressing yourself!
I used to get so bent out of shape because I wasn't writing a particular WAY about my bilingual experiences. Nowadays I am usually just appreciative of the fact that I am writing at all. Since bilingualism is such a high priority for our family, whatever I am writing tends to be in some way connected to the topic.
I have to say, using this forum has been a great "warm-up" writing task for me these past few weeks too.
Tracey, I enjoyed stopping by your blog! Keep writing!
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I also like your blog Tracey. I relate to your blog post about visiting the speech therapist. My son had his visit not so long ago and he has his challenges in both languages but I am not worried about it at all, just like you.
Thanks Undraa! We have just had our last trip to the speech therapist (after about two months). My daughter's pronunciation of the -s has improved although I'm not sure if it justified going for the amount of time she did (and the cost incurred!!!). Hope everything goes well with your son at the speech therapist!
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Amy: Right you are Mayken!
Mar 28, 2018 1:43:20 GMT 9
Marisa: Way to go, Mayken! That's the (bilingual) spirit
Mar 29, 2018 0:55:54 GMT 9
Kristin T.: Will check out your podcast interview on my next run!
Mar 30, 2018 23:24:37 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter brought home her ml report card (she gets a separate one from the regular report card at her bilingual school), and it's straight A's! (Better than her marks in ML on the main report card.) I'm so proud!!!
Mar 31, 2018 6:10:44 GMT 9
Amy: Gratuliere (Congratulations) Mayken!!
Mar 31, 2018 16:54:17 GMT 9
Mayken: Thank you, Amy! As a reward, we allowed her to purchase a big item from her Christmas money--a Playmobil house, with which she now plays in ml!
Apr 4, 2018 3:37:31 GMT 9
Amy: Reward all the way round . Bilingual education can be a virtuous circle
Apr 4, 2018 5:26:18 GMT 9
Nellie: What great news, Mayken!
Apr 5, 2018 4:36:26 GMT 9
Raquel: I totally missed this. Congratulations, Mayken!! You have reason to be proud
Apr 10, 2018 20:08:02 GMT 9
Mayken: Thanks everyone! Today my daughter helped a classmate finish her ml homework just before school - all in ml. (My daughter had finished hers the day before at home.)
Apr 11, 2018 3:58:56 GMT 9
Raquel: I'm so sorry to hear about your mother's passing, Adam. She sounds like an amazing woman. Sending you a big hug from Madrid.
Apr 12, 2018 18:16:38 GMT 9
Marie: I am sorry to hear about your mother Adam. Thinking of you and your family.
Apr 13, 2018 4:25:21 GMT 9
Jana: What a beautiful tribute you wrote to your mother. Sending condolences from the SF Bay Area!
Apr 14, 2018 5:34:03 GMT 9
Kristin T.: I enjoyed reading your post about your mother. Those were some amazing photos to cherish forever. I am sorry for your loss. I know it's ever the more painful having been an expat so long. Take care & be kind to yourself.
Apr 16, 2018 2:24:35 GMT 9
Nellie: I'm so sorry to read about your mother Adam. She sounds like an incredible woman. Your friends across the world are thinking of you and your family!
Apr 17, 2018 0:50:25 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Thank you, everyone, for your warm expressions of sympathy on the loss of my mother. Your friendship and support has meant a lot to me at this challenging time.
Apr 17, 2018 7:44:14 GMT 9