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: 35 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!
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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...
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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.
Mayken: My daughter's ml homework for this week included baking a cake - there's a cake in the story they read, and after each chapter there are questions and tasks, and the current chapter has the step-by-step recipe. She's to bring the cake to school too.
May 1, 2018 23:48:48 GMT 9
Amy: What a nice original homework! Makes such a change from standard homework, and I wouldn't be surprised if kids remember more from it! I like your bilingual school Mayken! Lucky little girl, and lucky Mummy!
May 2, 2018 0:00:43 GMT 9
Mayken: ml cake homework update: About half the class brought cake (8 out of 15), not all of them were the cake from the book recipe, but my daughter's was the most popular. (Maybe because we added food colouring and topped it with chocolate icing and smarties?)
May 4, 2018 5:58:10 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Cake is definitely my favorite kind of homework!
May 4, 2018 11:28:51 GMT 9
Jana: One of the best parts of having kids in bilingual school was getting Mother's Day cards in two languages! (With less-than-perfect spelling in both!) Ha!
May 15, 2018 9:16:08 GMT 9
Amy: (Twice) Lucky you Jana! So nice to read exciting pieces of news like yours!
May 16, 2018 5:46:25 GMT 9
Mayken: I still have that to look forward to, Jana! Mother's Day in our ML country is two weeks later, and the ml teacher goes along with that date. (It was last Sunday in our ml country.)
May 16, 2018 5:58:11 GMT 9