Posts: 34 Country (residing now): Mexico Country (originally from): USA Children, Ages: 2 daughters: F. (Born September 2013) and P. (Born January 2016) Majority Language: Spanish Minority Language(s): English
I was breastfeeding my baby today, when my older daughter, who is 2 1/2, spontaneously hugged me and said "I love you". In English. Our minority language! It was the first time she ever said those words so you can imagine my feeling.
We started talking about who else we love in our family and we ended up including our cat, Chasca. Then my daughter looked at her baby sister and (talking about her) said, "P loves Chasca". I was thrilled by her use of the new word (love) and her including the new baby in our conversation. But I was also amazed with the way toddlers grasp grammar rules and start using them correctly. So, I was double thrilled!
And I thought it could be fun to share significant first words in the minority language. What have been your firsts?
Our little dude isn't really talking yet, but his papi did teach him how to say "teta" for breastfeeding. In his family, that's how all his younger siblings asked to nurse once they were talking. It was our son's first word besides mommy and papi, hahaha. And it is pretty cute.
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