I haven't been a very active zookeeper yet as my kids are still quite small (25 and nearly 10 months). Over the past 6 months my son's speech has taken a major lift off and he now talks non stop.
Our language spoken at home is exclusively German, while we live in an English speaking country. He's been attending daycare for a little over a year now. Obviously he has since picked up a lot of English words along the way. At home he'll use both languages mixed together and use the words that are easier to say (for example: he'll say APPLE because APFEL with the F sound is too hard for him). He also has started saying the English word first and then repeating it in German.
Today I had a chat with one of his educators/teachers as I wanted to know whether I should provide a new list of words he's now using. Much to my surprise I was informed that he chats all day with staff and peers alike using English as his majority language. One of the ladies who's known him from day one said that the German has become less when talking while at daycare.
I left this conversation feeling so incredibly proud of my little man!!! I really hope that he will keep it up. I know I will definitely keep up with using German as our minority language spoken at home.
I just felt the need to share this very proud mummy moment with people that will understand!
Vera, good for you! And good for your son! It sounds like he's making strong progress in both languages. Just keep up your daily efforts and I expect his bilingual ability will continue to grow well over the months and years ahead.
Thanks for sharing your happy news with us!
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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