I'm Irish, living in the Netherlands and married to a Dutchie. Our daughter was born in November 2016 and we are raising her bilingually.
I speak English to her. My husband tries to speak Dutch to her as much as possible but sometimes forgets as we speak English to each other at home.
I've just ordered Adam's book and I'm looking to getting more advice and tips on raising children bilingually successfully and overcoming any challenges which might interfere with language proficiency in either language.
Simone, welcome! First, a warm congratulations to you and your husband on the arrival of your first child! If you like, feel free to share a photo of your little girl at the New Babies! board. (We like new babies!)
It sounds to me like your circumstances and strategy will produce a lot of success over the years ahead. And I wouldn't be concerned if your husband uses English with your daughter, too, particularly during the first few years. In fact, this additional exposure would give English a stronger start and that could be beneficial when Dutch eventually becomes a bigger part of her life. A firm and active foundation in English will help prevent Dutch from growing overly dominant.
Thank you for ordering my book, Simone--please enjoy it! Along with this community, I hope it can serve as a source of useful support for the success and joy of your bilingual journey. I look forward to hearing good news from you as time goes by!
Adam Beck is the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo, and the author of the book "Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability", praised worldwide by parents and experts in the field. Available at Amazon amzn.to/22XKuCt, the global Amazon sites, and other booksellers.
Mayken: My 7-year-old, her ML dad and a ml family are going to the Christmas market at a ml school today - and I can't go with them! (Hope that ML dad's presence doesn't stop the kids from speaking ml together.)
Dec 2, 2017 22:12:04 GMT 9
Amy: I'm sure the language balance is heavily in favour of the ml. Don't you worry Mayken. And it's also good that your daughter sees that the ml exists beyond the Mummy sphere. It will give more weight to the ml to hear from another sphere.
Dec 2, 2017 22:51:42 GMT 9
Mayken: In the end, it was my daughter with ML dad and the other girl with ML mom (but who's fluent in ml). The other girl got tired of ml after a while but my girl chatted with people in ml and bought ml books and a snack, all in ml!
Dec 5, 2017 0:29:57 GMT 9
Amy: Not so bad after all then, Mayken
Dec 5, 2017 6:27:24 GMT 9
Mayken: Not bad at all, I just regret I wasn't there with them.
Dec 6, 2017 6:11:36 GMT 9
Amy: As the French have it Mayken: "ce n'est que partie remise!"
Dec 6, 2017 18:47:06 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter wrote her letter to Santa in the ml this weekend, and we'll send it to Santa's address in the ml country, that way she'll get an ml letter back from him! Last item on her wishlist reads "The second Harry Potter book, and more books."
Dec 11, 2017 23:59:38 GMT 9
Adam Beck: More books is always good!
Dec 12, 2017 8:15:58 GMT 9
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Dec 12, 2017 8:16:04 GMT 9