I bet that all of us here have lots of stories that happened to us on our bilingual journey with our kids.
Some funny, some probably less. I thought that this could be a really nice place to share some of them.
Here is mine:
Yesterday my family and I did the shopping. When my wife had gone to another shop, I was putting our things with Lucy into our car as we talked together in ml. There was a poor man that overheard us speaking.
He came and asked me: "You speak English?" I was surprised and quickly responded: "Yes I do."
Then he continued: "You speak Polish?" I answered: "Troszeczkę" (that means: a little bit). I didn't want to talk to him...
Anyway, he wanted to ask me for some money. I gave him some, saying in English that it is all I have got.
Then when I got into the car with Lucy, he wanted to speak more...but finally he said to me:
"Your daughter?" (He pointed his finger at my girl.) Yep, my daughter. Then he stammered slowly in Polish straight into my face: "Dbaj o nią" (which means: "Look after her"). Well, I responded: "Absolutely, I will..." I almost chuckled in front of him.
When we were leaving, Lucy said to me: "That man sometimes spoke English and sometimes Polish." Yes, I know Lucy...
Country (residing now): France Country (originally from): France Children, Ages: 2 girls of 4 years old and 11 months old Majority Language: French Minority Language(s): Spanish (ml1 - "dominant") and English (ml2 -"recessive")
I think the cute and funny situation in our case happened last October at my mother’s house (ML speaker). When I asked my eldest daughter in French what her Daddy is, she answered in Spanish: - "Español." - "Et Maman?" (= and Mummy?) - "English!" lol
I love that memory though I confess my poor daughter must be confused by our unusual situation of being brought up by a non-native speaker.
PS: Sorry to those who already bumped into another thread where I also mentioned this memory, but it is by far my cutest one.
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My youngest was crying very early in the morning while we were still in bed. Then his brother says (3 years old) "Mor, Jeg tror Tamir vil gerne have 'the boob'" ("Mommy, I think Tamir wants to have 'the boob'") highlighting the boob in English instead of saying the whole sentence in Danish. 😂
This isn't exactly a funny story, but some of my biggest laughs as a parent have come from the creative use of video. To see examples of these videos, and hear encouragement for making some of your own (video-making is among the most fun and effective activities I can suggest, and results in a precious memento, too), see Challenge #11: Make Videos of Your Kids.
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I have a bunch of funny stories, because I made a point of writing them down from the start (as my mom did with funny things I said when I was little). Some require context, but here's a simple one from when she'd just turned 4, and we got an ml alphabet poster. My daughter proudly read the first letter:
I saw my boys playing together this morning. Big brother gives a toy to his little brother and says "Mai" (=Here you are) in ml then little brother takes the toy and gives it back "Maaaaaaaaiiiii" as well. Their first interaction in ml, mommy is so proud.
Mayken: My girl and I are going to see her ml grandma in our ml country for the Easter weekend. (And buy more books!)
Apr 13, 2017 4:35:53 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken, I hope you two have a fun, book-happy weekend!
Apr 13, 2017 5:23:08 GMT 9
Mayken: On the train from Paris to Cologne we sat next to another ml mother and daughter from our school! Only noticed when almost in Cologne. It's a small ML-ml world!
Apr 13, 2017 21:40:37 GMT 9
Amy: Got fleeting impression during Skype call with daughter on holiday at grandparents' in ml1 country, that her ml1 pronunciation has improved! She even seemed more confident speaking in ml2!
Apr 14, 2017 23:12:48 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken and Amy, you and your kids are both doing so well! Keep up your wonderful efforts!
Apr 15, 2017 21:26:50 GMT 9
Mayken: During the traditional German Easter fire, my daughter met her friend from her school day in the ml school! So many birds with one stone! (Sorry for the birds ;))
Apr 16, 2017 18:51:11 GMT 9