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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Raquel: I love it, Mayken! What a sweet lady. I would have listened in and not asked, hehe. Did you use it to show your daughter how useful the ml can be?
Dec 21, 2017 20:35:38 GMT 9
Mayken: Raquel, my daughter loved it - both the coincidence, and that this lady was learning our language!
Dec 24, 2017 22:25:47 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Happy New Year to you all! Let's make 2018 a really good year!
Dec 31, 2017 7:04:50 GMT 9
Joanna: Packing to go home from Canada...luggage scale reading 23 kg of minority language books!
Dec 31, 2017 23:48:06 GMT 9
Amy: Happy new year to all! . May 2018 bring you every success in your bilingual endeavours!
Jan 1, 2018 23:08:58 GMT 9
Mayken: Happy new year to everyone! I shared a little New Year's Eve story in the Snack Bar.
Jan 5, 2018 5:08:21 GMT 9
Mayken: 7yo wrote her Christmas letter in the ml and sent it to Santa's address in our ml country. This week she received his reply - and was somewhat offended that he replied in the ML
Jan 5, 2018 21:47:21 GMT 9
Adam Beck: That's very cute, Mayken!
Jan 6, 2018 7:57:09 GMT 9
Amy: Oh no Mayken!! I'd also feel very gutted in her shoes! Hope he made up for it by spoiling her on Xmas!
Jan 7, 2018 1:12:53 GMT 9
Mayken: He totally did, Amy! Especially her most important wish - the second illustrated Harry Potter (in ml, of course).
Jan 9, 2018 0:06:05 GMT 9
Raquel: Happy 2018!! How come Santa replied in the wrong language? That's weird.
Jan 9, 2018 19:26:41 GMT 9
Mayken: Raquel, he gets letters from all over the world at that German address, and I guess the reply is in the language that matches the country fo the child's return address. Next time she'll use my mom's address (if she still wants to write to Santa then).
Jan 10, 2018 0:38:19 GMT 9
Raquel: Mayken, I just was surprised that, reading a letter in a certain language, they would reply in a different one. But if it's an standarized letter, then it makes total sense.
Jan 10, 2018 21:42:23 GMT 9
Mayken: It is. Our local ML Santa, to whom my daughter wrote the year before (in ml) replied in ML too but started the letter with her name. But then he's serving a town of 37,000 people only.
Jan 10, 2018 23:18:32 GMT 9
Raquel: Makes sense, Mayken. Thanks for explaining.
Jan 11, 2018 22:31:51 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter called me out twice this week for using the wrong language with her. The second time it was only one work (number of a métro line).
Jan 12, 2018 0:16:39 GMT 9