I'm looking forward to being able to freely speak English to people in public, rather than thinking about minimizing my ML use when she can hear me. It's a shock to my system too when I can do this! At the airport, at a restaurant...!
The things we take for granted and then miss so much! Not long now; you must be counting the days. Have a great time!
We're home for Christmas, and in the two days since we arrived, my daughter has cooked and played with her ml grandmother, gone to the neighbours' to play with her same-age ml friend (whom we brought a typical little present from ML country), met the Weihnachtsmann (aka ml Santa) on the Christmas market, made a hand-made candle in the medieval section of the Christmas market (with instructions given to her in ml) and charmed her aunt and uncle into letting her have a little Santa from their Christmas decorations.
Posts: 28 Country (residing now): US Country (originally from): Spain Children, Ages: Girl, born in March 2016 Majority Language: English Minority Language(s): Spanish, German, and hopefully French some day!
We're home for Christmas as well. My little monkey keeps uttering new words in the ml language (yesterday she said "perro" -dog- for the first time), loves being around her cousins, aunt, uncle, and grandparents, and overall, she seems to be having a great time. I think she's actually realizing there are more people in the world that speak that "weird language" her mom speaks, and she seems pretty happy about that! Pretty much like Mayken's daughter, she's loving the Christmas activities where kids and adults use the ml around her, like the Christmas parade we attended this morning. Of course, the most important thing is the great, amazing moments she's spending with family, but from a language perspective, it's great that her knowledge of the ml keeps growing, and she's becoming more "fluent" (at least as "fluent" as an almost 2-year-old can get!
Joanna, Mayken, Marisa, and everyone else spending the holidays in the minority language country...
Have a wonderful time making happy memories and immersing your little ones in the minority language!
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.
Merry Christmas to you all! We're really enjoying our long visit in Canada (Dec. 15 to Jan. 1). Daddy couldn't come, so it's been 100% English! I don't know if I can maintain this when I get back but it certainly seems the time to try...
English speaking Canadian Mom, French speaking Dad, happily transitioning to minority language at home (English) with our baby daughter in France.
Merry Xmas everybody! Hope you are all enjoying happy (bilingual) moments with your loved ones!
We are in ml1 country for a week (2 for my eldest whose staying a little longer at her grandparents' to discover local folklore). A bit frustrating for me as my exclusively ML-speaking mum accompanies us, meaning she has me speak in ML all day long with my kids around to hear it. Not the ideal ml1 set out for my daughters, though we are obviously happy to have ML granny with us.
Let's see if over the coming days and as tiredness subsides I get my head round this and manage to limit the ML influence...
***"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars" - Oscar Wilde***
We are going to a French-speaking area in Switzerland tomorrow for a week! I requested that my kids have a French-speaking ski instructor and there will be other opportunities for my kids to be exposed to French. I'm hoping there will be French-speaking kids learning to ski with my daughter! Would be great. This summer will try to plan a trip to France as well. My daughter loves going and she can see her old school friends.
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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