Hi! I'm Tracey and recently discovered the Bilingual Monkeys blog and am just reading Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability so thought I'd join the forum and get and share more ideas and thoughts about raising bilingual children. I'm British but moved to Spain about 13 or 14 years ago where I met my husband (Spanish) so our majority language is Spanish and English is our minority language.
I have two children, a 5yr old daughter and an 18 month old son. I'm enjoying seeing how their bilingual journey is developing and evolving. Although my daughter goes to a school with a bilingual programme, it's not as bilingual as I'd have liked. I'm currently trying to work on my daughter's literacy skills in the minority language but it's going very slowly. I'm a TEFL teacher which also means that I work in the afternoons as there is more demand for afternoon/evening classes which meant that I saw less of my daughter once she started school. However, I'm currently not working which gives me more valuable time to spend with my children and immerse them in the minority language.
Tracey, welcome! I hope you enjoy my book and find it (along with my blog and forum) helpful to your bilingual journey!
Based on the circumstances you describe, it sounds like you're well positioned to realize a lot of success, and with literacy, too. The three main pillars of my own efforts to promote literacy in the minority language (for us, too, it's English) have been:
These are links to the "challenges" at this forum, which include further links to all the relevant posts at Bilingual Monkeys. You'll naturally find this kind of information, too, in my book, along with additional ideas.
Keep up your good efforts, day by day, and I expect you'll continue making strong progress. And, of course, your fellow "keepers" will be here to offer support, anytime.
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.
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Nellie: Adam - will watch the video as soon as I can (living circumstances not permitting right now - we are still in temp accommodation and I can't turn on volume) - looking forward to it!
Sept 22, 2017 5:56:44 GMT 9
Mayken: Skyping with grandma last night had to be cancelled due to technological problems - I needed to talk my mom through a Skype update and her phone battery died. :-(
Sept 25, 2017 20:45:42 GMT 9
Joanna: sorry Mayken...this is sad but funny as I'm sure many skype Grandparents have the same woes !(mine..) For us this weekend: potty training has led to great quality time reading and chatting, and some pretty hilarious ml questions
Sept 26, 2017 6:20:44 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken and Joanna, I can relate! My mother (Grandma) can't seem to get the sound on her computer working so when we Skype, we also have to use the telephone!
Sept 26, 2017 6:36:03 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam, and Joanna, it's good to know we're not alone in this!
Sept 27, 2017 2:46:28 GMT 9
Joanna: Planning a long Christmas minority language visit, so exciting!
Sept 30, 2017 14:46:01 GMT 9
Mayken: Yay! Skype is working again on my mom's tablet, meaning we can skype with ml grandma again!
Oct 2, 2017 23:12:24 GMT 9
Mayken: The other day my mom (monolingual ml) called while my daughter and I were out, so Daddy (monolingual ML) answered. My mom was amazed to find out he isn't monolingual ML any more after all, and praised his active ml ability.
Oct 3, 2017 23:28:39 GMT 9
Joanna: For each day my daughter is exposed to other people speaking English (here in France) I put a little star on the calendar...trying to fill it up!
Oct 8, 2017 3:52:17 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice motivating idea, Joanna! And Mayken, thanks for sharing your good news on two fronts!
Oct 9, 2017 7:11:50 GMT 9
Marisa: My daughter won't say number one in Spanish or English, but in German! She loves recognizing the number and saying it out loud... it sounds more like the word 'ice' in English, though, but it's 'eins.' Number 9, however, is 'nueve'. So funny!
Oct 11, 2017 10:33:45 GMT 9
Mayken: My dad's giving Adam's book to his Lithuanian friend's daughter, whose husband is sceptical about their little girl learning German.
Oct 14, 2017 21:10:20 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken, thank you for sharing my book! I hope it can be helpful to them!
Oct 16, 2017 15:57:32 GMT 9
Marisa: Adam, another bilingual monkey is about to be born near me (one of my colleagues is giving birth tomorrow), so I also got her and her husband a copy of your book... this world needs more bilingual kids!
Oct 18, 2017 0:06:43 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Many thanks, Marisa! In my humble opinion, more bilingual kids = more empathy in the world = a more peaceful planet.
Oct 18, 2017 7:33:04 GMT 9