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!
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
Nellie: My daughter came home from school with her first "naughty word" in French (caca boudin)! I guess this means she is now officially integrated!
Sept 22, 2017 5:54:43 GMT 9
Nellie: Adam - will watch the video as soon as I can (living circumstances not permitting right now - we are still in temp accommodation and I can't turn on volume) - looking forward to it!
Sept 22, 2017 5:56:44 GMT 9