We're a bilingual family raising a 22 month old in NYC. I was born in Cuba but immigrated to the states as a young child. I was raised in Miami and my parents never were able to grasp English so our house, and much of our community as a whole, was Spanish-only. Consequently, I have excellent command of my native language although English has become my dominant language. My husband's father is also an immigrant and native Spanish speaker but his mother is deaf, so they only spoke English at home because that's what she can lip read. He consequently understands some Spanish but doesn't speak it much or very well.
For the past 12 or so years I have lived in mainly English-speaking communities and only have needed to resort to Spanish when speaking to my parents or, occasionally, for work. I stay home with our daughter and have taken great pains to speak to her only in Spanish but it is hard for me because it just doesn't come as naturally as it did when I was younger. I have only been able to find one or two other mothers in the area that are Spanish speaking and they both immigrated to the states when they were much older so they don't struggle as much as I do. All of which is to say, I have joined The Bilingual Zoo with the hope of accessing some much needed support and motivation as we continue our bilingual journey.
Post by Dave Hartley on Mar 28, 2017 21:18:35 GMT 9
Welcome to the Bilingual Zoo! It's great that you joined, and your background as you described is interesting. I think I face similar challenges to you, because I have a language that became rusty, and now that I want to pass it to my kids it doesn't come naturally.
You'll find some really great ideas, suggestions and well needed encouragement here! And I'm sure you'll make great progress in time.
Thanks for the warm welcome, Dave! I think you described it perfectly - it's less so that I struggle to speak it and more so that it doesn't come naturally so it feels labor intensive to stick to it all day long. I appreciate the encouragement and have already learned so much from reading through some threads.
Claudia, welcome! I responded to your situation in a longer reply at this thread, so please take a look. I hope the thoughts I've offered there can be helpful to you!
Cheers from Hiroshima to New York! (Actually, I went to college just outside New York--Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville--but I haven't been back to the area in many years. I miss it! Especially the bagels! )
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Adam Beck: Mayken, she'll be trilingual before you know it! (I recommend "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish"!)
Jun 3, 2017 7:16:29 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam, that was what I thought would be the easiest, but she disagreed!
Jun 4, 2017 18:43:54 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken, the text of "Hop on Pop" may be easier to read, but I love the creative craziness of the "One Fish" book.
Jun 4, 2017 21:12:09 GMT 9
Mayken: My 6yo is off on a 5-day class trip in ML. I made sure the activity book for the trip and one of her reading books are in ml. Also, ml grandma will send her a letter, and she has a postcard she's to write to ml grandma.
Jun 5, 2017 23:16:12 GMT 9
Mayken: 6yo's teacher asked parents to write 2 letters, one the kids gets from the teacher today, the other we're to send by mail. I mailed my ml letter today.
Jun 7, 2017 0:25:14 GMT 9
Amy: My 1 year old is starting to talk and has been using 2 new ml1 words since last Sunday <3
Jun 8, 2017 5:27:04 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken and Amy, sounds like fun times for you both!
Jun 8, 2017 6:06:59 GMT 9
Mayken: Yay Amy! - I'm curious about the letter my 6-year-old wrote us during her class trip (teacher-supervised activity). Will there be ml in it? I hope it arrives before she comes back!
Jun 8, 2017 18:56:16 GMT 9
Joanna: My workshop is planned for Saturday, thanks for your replies...I'll post after. My daughter was singing along to our "theme song" so I have renewed hope
Jun 9, 2017 14:18:39 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter's letter from her class trip arrived - she wrote one message in ML to Dad and another in ml to me. Her first letter in ml without a ml person to help her!
Jun 11, 2017 18:40:08 GMT 9
Nellie: Congrats Mayken, Amy and Joanna!
Jun 12, 2017 10:12:42 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Wonderful, Mayken! Those letters are instant keepsakes that I'm sure will be read again many years from now...
Jun 12, 2017 14:57:15 GMT 9
Amy: Joanna, how did Saturday go? Mayken, enjoy this beautiful keepsake
Jun 12, 2017 20:36:29 GMT 9
Joanna: It went really well! I'll make a good post soon with details
Jun 15, 2017 14:04:30 GMT 9
Amy: Looking forward to it Joanna!
Jun 16, 2017 1:39:43 GMT 9
Mayken: My mom got a lovely postcard in ml too from my 6-year-old daughter on her field trip! Another precious keepsake! (OK, I prepared the card with address and stamp ahead of time, but she did the writing all by herself.)
Jun 19, 2017 23:28:01 GMT 9
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Jun 21, 2017 8:49:35 GMT 9
Mayken: Our ml section will have a flea market stand at the school fair with used books, games, DVDs and CDs for sale. I donated 2 games, promised my daughter she could choose something. (Proceeds are for the school's ml section.) Love the idea!
Jun 22, 2017 23:23:00 GMT 9