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: Beautiful video Adam...and so true, as always! :). You enjoy your hiatus, and we look forward to reading you again in August! Otsukaresama deshita (thank you for your hard work)!
Jul 1, 2017 5:03:26 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter's ML report card has the same percentage of A's as the ml one but surprisingly the non-A's are not in the same categories. Anyway, she's off to grade 2 at the bilingual school! (After well-deserved and ml-rich holidays!)
Jul 1, 2017 5:12:01 GMT 9
Nellie: Congratulations to your daughter Mayken!
Jul 3, 2017 9:57:10 GMT 9
Wojtek: Back from journey from Croatia. It wasn't English speaking country but ... I was with my daughter for the whole 2 weeks 24/7!
Jul 8, 2017 19:04:43 GMT 9
Wojtek: Being all day with daughter makes really difference! She spoke definitely more and I had more chance to correct her, suggest better phrases, etc. That was great!
Jul 8, 2017 19:08:01 GMT 9
Mayken: Wojtek, a lot of one-on-one time is one of the perks of holidays, no matter where.
Jul 9, 2017 19:55:27 GMT 9
Amy: Baby seems to pick up a lot of ml2! Yeaterday she surprised me answering back "whyyyy?" and this morning when asked how she was she replied "very well"!! <3 Beautiful moments of our bilingual journey <3
Jul 10, 2017 19:21:02 GMT 9
Mayken: Two playdates with classmates from my 7-year-olds ml class this weekend, and the kids and parents all spoke ml the entire time! ml interaction with other kids is precious during summer holidays. Very happy
Jul 26, 2017 0:04:20 GMT 9