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: 49 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...
***"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.
Amy: And to all other fellow zookeepers of course!
Nov 4, 2018 18:13:28 GMT 9
Wojtek: Yesterday my daughter used a Polish word in an English sentence. From time to time she does it (don't know if I should be happy about that), but anyway what was amusing about that, she said it with an English accent!
Nov 5, 2018 18:23:45 GMT 9
Wojtek: I feel the English accent in our monolingual family has seemed to be something unreachable but in that mixed sentence, I heard the difference. It surprised me slightly.
Nov 5, 2018 18:23:55 GMT 9
Amy: So cute Wojtek! And such a lovely piece of news!
Nov 7, 2018 6:29:36 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice Wojtek! Give that little girl a big hug from Uncle Adam!
Nov 7, 2018 10:16:33 GMT 9
Amy: Beautiful pictures Adam! The serenity of the place transpired in every pic. Thank you for sharing them
Nov 11, 2018 21:58:40 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam Beck, Amy, she got a lot of ml exposure but there's only so many times I can watch a Bibi & Tina DVD. Glad she's back at school today.
Nov 13, 2018 0:16:03 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter's school had the annual lantern pageant yesterday. It always moves me to tears when I see the kids stand and belt out the songs in our ml. This year, the ml kids also recited a short poem on St Martin.
Nov 25, 2018 3:34:49 GMT 9