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 popular non-fiction book Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability amzn.to/22XKuCt and the humorous novel How I Lost My Ear amzn.to/2EsjVRS, both available worldwide.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to write deeper about this.
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Mayken: I'm wearing my language police hat today - when I realized the movie my daughter was watching on the phone was in ML I told her to stop. I later asked her dad to remove all ML content from the phone. Screentime is ml only!
Mar 27, 2018 23:00:03 GMT 9
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