My daughter started randomly singing a French nursery rhyme in the car earlier. It was so sweet and I was very proud as she tends to sing English songs and speak English only.
Recently she has started replying to me back in French; just one-word answers rather than full sentences, but I feel like we are making lovely small steps towards bilingualism.
We had a really cute conversation earlier. where she spoke English and I spoke French... Daughter: Where is daddy? Is he back soon? Me: oui, il rentre bientot, il est au travail. Daughter: travail? what does that mean? Me: travail is work.
Felt at this point I should translate "travail" for her in English so she hopefully remembers the meaning in French in the future.
Good bilingual ability is the result of persistent efforts that add up gradually over time.
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'd have translated the word travail at that point as well, especially as it's a pretty abstract notion for a kid at that age (it still is at my daughter's age), so trying to explain it in ml would probably have confused her more than helped.
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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
Mayken: Adam, your guest poster sounds just as crazy as you - and I mean that as a compliment!
Feb 21, 2018 5:13:52 GMT 9
Adam Beck: You're right, Mayken! And I told him that!
Feb 21, 2018 6:25:52 GMT 9
Amy: I totally agree with you Mayken!
Feb 22, 2018 1:50:25 GMT 9
Kristin T.: Just bought your bilingual book off amazon, can't wait to search for more tips and inspiration!
Feb 26, 2018 4:05:20 GMT 9
Wojtek: I've just ordered k12 pre-k program for the next whole year. Probably will be very demanding but hopefully, it will give me and my daughter lots of fun as there are lots of online activities too...
Feb 26, 2018 4:10:20 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Kristin, I hope you find it helpful and encouraging! I look forward to your impressions!
Feb 26, 2018 5:12:34 GMT 9
Mayken: Last night I dreamed I was on a package tour in a Russian-speaking country, talking to a hotel employee mixing up my (little remaining) Russian and my (basic) Italian. Woke up thinking "квартира in Russian doesn't mean the same as camera in Italian"!
Mar 2, 2018 6:16:20 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter told me this morning that she's already read the first chapter of a new book I planned to read to her. This is the first time she reads a "big" book on her own, and in the ml, too!
Mar 22, 2018 1:39:32 GMT 9
Amy: Congratulations Mayken! This is such a big step in her young reader's life! And an important one as a ml reader!
Mar 22, 2018 5:58:08 GMT 9
Adam Beck: This is a very happy milestone, Mayken! Three cheers to you and your daughter!
Mar 22, 2018 17:43:50 GMT 9