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.
Adam Beck: I have a new book coming out (more on this soon!) and, to celebrate, on Saturday afternoon we went bowling...and my 10-year-old son ended up *sobbing* because he was rolling gutter balls. (Note to self: No more celebrations that involve bowling balls.)
Feb 4, 2018 5:46:30 GMT 9
Marisa: Bowling is a scary experience, Adam! I was "traumatized" the first time I tried, and it took several years to give it a second try
Feb 5, 2018 1:38:07 GMT 9
Mayken: 7yo went to see a one-woman-play (fairy tale) with her ml class and 3 other ml classes (years above and below her) - a play with participation by the spectators. It was so nice to see those 50+ kids all chat and interact in our ml!
Feb 6, 2018 6:34:09 GMT 9
Amy: Just received your novel Adam, just in time for the weekend! I already read 3 chapters and am loving the style! Congrats!
Feb 10, 2018 6:25:05 GMT 9
Adam Beck: That's so nice to hear, Amy! I look forward to more impressions as you continue reading!
Feb 10, 2018 10:46:14 GMT 9
Mayken: After writing a letter in the ML to her new friend for whom it is the ml, my daughter is now on the phone with her friend from ml country. (And hiding in her room with my phone. No more phone cords to hold her back.)
Feb 11, 2018 23:13:29 GMT 9
Nellie: Book ordered Adam!
Feb 15, 2018 6:20:36 GMT 9
Nellie: Mayken - so cute! The terrible teens are approaching!
Feb 15, 2018 6:21:21 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nellie, thank you! I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to your impressions!
Feb 15, 2018 6:34:04 GMT 9
Wojtek: I found sample Eiken tests on grade 5 and 4 (There was Adam's article) and did the first part with my daughter (20 questions). On Grade 5 she did 16 of 20 correctly and on grade 4: 12 of 20. Not so bad though. She failed those where grammar was included.
Feb 15, 2018 20:43:25 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Wojtek, your daughter is still very young so I would say those are really positive results! Your efforts are clearly producing a lot of progress. Good for you, and good for your daughter!
Feb 16, 2018 7:52:23 GMT 9
Undraa: A big congrats from my end to you for your new book Adam!
Feb 16, 2018 16:50:56 GMT 9
Wojtek: Big thanks, Adam. Those tests on grade 5 are so basic but anyway they prove that my girl understands them and knows the answers. That was quite interesting experience.
Feb 16, 2018 16:54:32 GMT 9
Wojtek: Congratulations on your book, Adam! I read the beginning on Amazon and as always I have the impression you took several pages from the dictionary with a range of sophisticated words and just put them in. That's why the book will be very valuable for me.
Feb 16, 2018 17:01:19 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Wojtek, thanks! Even if you're unfamiliar with some of the vocabulary, I think the lively story will carry you through the book. I hope you enjoy it, and also find it useful for your English!
Feb 16, 2018 18:43:12 GMT 9
Dani: Hi everyone, It has been a while... Congrats on your new book Adam! Would love to get a copy too.
Feb 17, 2018 8:30:36 GMT 9