There is one thing that I have learned in my life as an immigrant is that in every populated area, underneath the world of the majority language, there's always a lower layer of groups that congregate together who speak the same minority language. They meet, set up schools for their kids, have parties, all without majority language speakers ever noticing. By and large it's all by word of mouth or friends of friends sort of acquaintance chain.
Luckily for you these groups have gone high tech. A quick search on Facebook for "expat" and "Buenes Aires" found two groups of English speakers in your city. Find your favorite social media, and there look for keywords that would net you your linguistic group, join and start getting to know some of the people there. In no time flat your kids will have English speaking art classes, weekend camping trips and all the things you never imagined that goes on in the immigrant/expat community.
Also, have no fear. In all my Russian gatherings there have always been people who had absolutely no Russian blood or experience, they were there only for the culture or the language. They have always, always been welcomed with open arms.
I've tried online searches many times, and although I did find some websites or groups, most of the times they were not actively having meetings or they were expat groups with a clearly different purpose.
But I'll keep at it, maybe I'm lucky in my next search.
What about starting something yourself Pablo? Not easy I know but maybe...if you build it they will come! An ad on social media, contacting these seemingly inactive groups you have found etc, perhaps you can find individual members motivated to try again. Or maybe you could contact language schools which might have proficient English speakers as teachers who also have children and would be interested.
I've taken some initiatives myself, living in a little French village. I drive one hour to an English Speakers Club monthly, and started a Saturday session so I can continue attending now that I'm back to work. I also meet up with one other bilingual mum and baby every Friday, and sing and read at my daughter's daycare.
English speaking Canadian Mom, French speaking Dad, happily transitioning to minority language at home (English) with our baby daughter in France.
Hello! I have been trying to find playgroups for kids in English (as it is our minority language) too. I have two girls, one is 5 and the youngest is about to turn 3. We live in a little town near Rosario in Argentina, but I wouldn't mind traveling to BA.
I am raising them in English which is not my native language, though. So maybe some native speakers would be more than welcome.
Post by Gabriela Guarnerio on Sept 14, 2016 12:44:20 GMT 9
Hi Lucre! I recently open a meetup for Buenos Aires, and lots of people signed in, but when I proposed a playgroup, none reacted.
If you are willing to come to Buenos Aires from time to time, I'll love to meet you! You got me on FB do you can reach out to me anytime.
Maybe if you open your own meetup in Rosario? I'd be glad to help you out. Last weekend I hosted one, but with online students, and it was a success! Maybe you can find bilingual parents in your area, or expats. Hit me up!
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Mayken: School starts again tomorrow. This year, exceptionally, 7yo will have all of her ml classes in 2 half days, instead of 1h/day. We'll see how that goes. (She's in 2nd grade.)
Sept 3, 2017 17:58:36 GMT 9
Amy: "Bonne rentrée" Mayken! Hope this new schedule will work well for your daughter though I have no doubt she will keep up her already excellent bilingual level
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Mayken: Thanks Amy! Bonne rentrée to you too! My daughter has ml on Tuesday mornings (tomorrow!) and Thursday afternoons.
Sept 5, 2017 5:39:39 GMT 9
Amy: First Wednesday at home magic: ml2 bathed home and catching my 5 year old singing along her music player in ml2.... Bilingual bliss! Only you fellow bilingual parents could understand this
Sept 6, 2017 21:05:46 GMT 9
Mayken: Planning to send my daughter to ml school again during the next holidays. But it's ok, she's looking forward to it!
Sept 8, 2017 4:45:12 GMT 9
Mayken: We had our parents meetings with the ml teacher, my daughter will have a lot of work this year! One parent asked "which kids actually do speak ml at home?" Does that mean many of them don't???
Sept 13, 2017 5:02:26 GMT 9
Nellie: Mayken - my daughter is a lot younger than yours (just starting PS), but in her class there are two children with Spanish-speaking parents, but apparently neither of them actually speak it...disappointing!
Sept 13, 2017 6:28:10 GMT 9
Amy: Nellie, these 2 kids might simply be passive bilinguals, and as you know the penny might simply drop one day and they'll start using Spanish...
Sept 13, 2017 17:05:33 GMT 9
Mayken: In our ml class the kids are required to have a high level of ml. In class they only speak ml (this year there's a penalty for speaking ML!). I assumed they all speak ml with the ml parent at home. (I've known those kids for 2 years.)
Sept 13, 2017 23:42:56 GMT 9
Nellie: Yes I'm sure you're right and they are passive bilinguals! And they are young. I certainly hope by your daughter's age that my little one will be speaking ml1 with me - have already seen a lot of progress over the last week! The penny is dropping!
Sept 14, 2017 5:51:52 GMT 9
Patricia: Has anyone encountered studies, or personal accounts, of bilingualism (or multilingualism) playing a role in delayed speech?
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