I'm very glad to have found this forum and look forward to participating and virtually getting to know you. I am American and have been living in Madrid for five years with my Spanish husband. We are expecting our first baby any day now. We look forward to raising her in a multilingual environment, but have no experience on the parenting side, so are looking forward to the input of people like yourselves with experience and tips.
I'm also an English teacher with experience teaching students aged 2-80, and just last year completed my masters in secondary education with a specialization in teaching English. I guess it goes without saying that language learning and acquisition is one of my favorite topics!
Erica, welcome! We're looking forward to welcoming your baby soon, too! (Please update your avatar with a photo of you and the baby, when you have a chance!)
I don't know which language strategy you and your husband have decided to pursue--whether you'll each be speaking your mother tongue to the child, or perhaps English will be the language spoken at home--but, either way, I suspect you'll experience a lot of success in nurturing the child's bilingual ability.
Warm wishes to you both as you await your baby's "debut" on the world stage! (And if you haven't already come across it, this page at Bilingual Monkeys may be of special interest: Posts for New Parents.)
Adam Beck is the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo, and the author of the book "Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability", praised worldwide by parents and experts in the field. Available at Amazon amzn.to/22XKuCt, the global Amazon sites, and other booksellers.
I am from Spain too. I live in Madrid but right now I am living in Galicia because I am enjoying a maternity leave. It is very interesting to teach our kids different languages. I am not English native speaker but I am planning to raise my kid in English as much as possible (Spanish as well). We have decided to speak English at home and Spanish at school. I don't know if it is the right thing to do but we are going to try. If you want to contact me, please feel free to do it. Maybe we can meet each other or our kids can play together. Well, mine is 4 months but in June he will be 8. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. My email is email@example.com if you want to write deeper about this.
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Mayken: My daughter's letter from her class trip arrived - she wrote one message in ML to Dad and another in ml to me. Her first letter in ml without a ml person to help her!
Jun 11, 2017 18:40:08 GMT 9
Nellie: Congrats Mayken, Amy and Joanna!
Jun 12, 2017 10:12:42 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Wonderful, Mayken! Those letters are instant keepsakes that I'm sure will be read again many years from now...
Jun 12, 2017 14:57:15 GMT 9
Amy: Joanna, how did Saturday go? Mayken, enjoy this beautiful keepsake
Jun 12, 2017 20:36:29 GMT 9
Joanna: It went really well! I'll make a good post soon with details
Jun 15, 2017 14:04:30 GMT 9
Amy: Looking forward to it Joanna!
Jun 16, 2017 1:39:43 GMT 9
Mayken: My mom got a lovely postcard in ml too from my 6-year-old daughter on her field trip! Another precious keepsake! (OK, I prepared the card with address and stamp ahead of time, but she did the writing all by herself.)
Jun 19, 2017 23:28:01 GMT 9
Adam Beck: NEW VIDEO AT BILINGUAL MONKEYS TV! Your Child Wants to Be Bilingualhttps://youtu.be/C2uQhIZPp80 (And please subscribe to my growing YouTube channel!)
Jun 21, 2017 8:49:35 GMT 9
Mayken: Our ml section will have a flea market stand at the school fair with used books, games, DVDs and CDs for sale. I donated 2 games, promised my daughter she could choose something. (Proceeds are for the school's ml section.) Love the idea!
Jun 22, 2017 23:23:00 GMT 9
Amy: Am I to read something into the fact my toddler slammed Adam's book into my face...??
Jun 25, 2017 20:58:35 GMT 9
Adam Beck: "Mommy, you better make me a polyglot...or else!"
Jun 26, 2017 6:40:56 GMT 9
Nellie: Ahaaaaaaaa Amy!!!
Jun 26, 2017 9:44:39 GMT 9
Joanna: I'm a member of a FB group Mums Space France and we're planning a weekend in September...taking over campgrounds in France , in English!
Jun 27, 2017 14:50:49 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter got her report card today from her grade 1 ml class. Almost straight A student. I'll make sure to practise reading aloud and spelling basic words with her over the summer. Very proud and happy.
Jun 29, 2017 5:09:33 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken, congratulations to you both! Hope it's a fun, language-filled summer!
Jun 29, 2017 5:54:17 GMT 9