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!
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.
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Adam Beck: Cake is definitely my favorite kind of homework!
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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.)
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Flir: Adam, uh oh. Time waits for no one. I'm very sorry to hear that. Stay strong man, your kids are looking up to you to give them as much as your parents gave you once. Best wishes.
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