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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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
Mayken: Skyping with grandma last night had to be cancelled due to technological problems - I needed to talk my mom through a Skype update and her phone battery died. :-(
Sept 25, 2017 20:45:42 GMT 9
Joanna: sorry Mayken...this is sad but funny as I'm sure many skype Grandparents have the same woes !(mine..) For us this weekend: potty training has led to great quality time reading and chatting, and some pretty hilarious ml questions
Sept 26, 2017 6:20:44 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken and Joanna, I can relate! My mother (Grandma) can't seem to get the sound on her computer working so when we Skype, we also have to use the telephone!
Sept 26, 2017 6:36:03 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam, and Joanna, it's good to know we're not alone in this!
Sept 27, 2017 2:46:28 GMT 9
Joanna: Planning a long Christmas minority language visit, so exciting!
Sept 30, 2017 14:46:01 GMT 9
Mayken: Yay! Skype is working again on my mom's tablet, meaning we can skype with ml grandma again!
Oct 2, 2017 23:12:24 GMT 9
Mayken: The other day my mom (monolingual ml) called while my daughter and I were out, so Daddy (monolingual ML) answered. My mom was amazed to find out he isn't monolingual ML any more after all, and praised his active ml ability.
Oct 3, 2017 23:28:39 GMT 9
Joanna: For each day my daughter is exposed to other people speaking English (here in France) I put a little star on the calendar...trying to fill it up!
Oct 8, 2017 3:52:17 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice motivating idea, Joanna! And Mayken, thanks for sharing your good news on two fronts!
Oct 9, 2017 7:11:50 GMT 9
Marisa: My daughter won't say number one in Spanish or English, but in German! She loves recognizing the number and saying it out loud... it sounds more like the word 'ice' in English, though, but it's 'eins.' Number 9, however, is 'nueve'. So funny!
Oct 11, 2017 10:33:45 GMT 9
Mayken: My dad's giving Adam's book to his Lithuanian friend's daughter, whose husband is sceptical about their little girl learning German.
Oct 14, 2017 21:10:20 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken, thank you for sharing my book! I hope it can be helpful to them!
Oct 16, 2017 15:57:32 GMT 9
Marisa: Adam, another bilingual monkey is about to be born near me (one of my colleagues is giving birth tomorrow), so I also got her and her husband a copy of your book... this world needs more bilingual kids!
Oct 18, 2017 0:06:43 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Many thanks, Marisa! In my humble opinion, more bilingual kids = more empathy in the world = a more peaceful planet.
Oct 18, 2017 7:33:04 GMT 9