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.
Mayken: My 7-year-old, her ML dad and a ml family are going to the Christmas market at a ml school today - and I can't go with them! (Hope that ML dad's presence doesn't stop the kids from speaking ml together.)
Dec 2, 2017 22:12:04 GMT 9
Amy: I'm sure the language balance is heavily in favour of the ml. Don't you worry Mayken. And it's also good that your daughter sees that the ml exists beyond the Mummy sphere. It will give more weight to the ml to hear from another sphere.
Dec 2, 2017 22:51:42 GMT 9
Mayken: In the end, it was my daughter with ML dad and the other girl with ML mom (but who's fluent in ml). The other girl got tired of ml after a while but my girl chatted with people in ml and bought ml books and a snack, all in ml!
Dec 5, 2017 0:29:57 GMT 9
Amy: Not so bad after all then, Mayken
Dec 5, 2017 6:27:24 GMT 9
Mayken: Not bad at all, I just regret I wasn't there with them.
Dec 6, 2017 6:11:36 GMT 9
Amy: As the French have it Mayken: "ce n'est que partie remise!"
Dec 6, 2017 18:47:06 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter wrote her letter to Santa in the ml this weekend, and we'll send it to Santa's address in the ml country, that way she'll get an ml letter back from him! Last item on her wishlist reads "The second Harry Potter book, and more books."
Dec 11, 2017 23:59:38 GMT 9
Adam Beck: More books is always good!
Dec 12, 2017 8:15:58 GMT 9
Adam Beck: For Christmas: The Most Beautiful Video You Might Ever See About a Bilingual Familybuff.ly/2nI2yrE
Dec 12, 2017 8:16:04 GMT 9