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! )
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: Two playdates with classmates from my 7-year-olds ml class this weekend, and the kids and parents all spoke ml the entire time! ml interaction with other kids is precious during summer holidays. Very happy
Jul 26, 2017 0:04:20 GMT 9
Mayken: Holidays! Just the 3 of us, in ML country this year, but I'm planning for a lot of ml time, without any family to visit and friends to meet (our program when we're in ml country).
Jul 29, 2017 5:02:56 GMT 9
Amy: Caught my eldest bragging to her cousin she could speak ml2 and asked him in ml2 if they could continue playing in this language....could it be my daughter is slowly accepting the fact she's bilingual and happy to be so...??
Jul 31, 2017 5:07:41 GMT 9
Mayken: Not all fun after all - we were at a castle today with an amazing 3h treasure hunt, but it was all in ML. My daughter did lots of ML reading (clues), but no chance of slipping ml in.
Aug 1, 2017 4:13:44 GMT 9
Mayken: Welcome back, Adam! We kept the zoo running while you were away and even swept up the monkey droppings!
Aug 2, 2017 18:26:12 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Well done, Mayken! Many thanks! (I was afraid I would be overwhelmed by the monkey droppings.)
Aug 3, 2017 6:18:08 GMT 9
Amy: My turn to disappear for a few weeks! Off to ml1 country with very high expectations as to the benefits of ml1 family bonding and ml1 exposure for my 2 girls! Have a lovely month of August everybody ! xxx
Aug 6, 2017 4:58:35 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Amy, have a really fun and fruitful time!
Aug 6, 2017 6:30:06 GMT 9
Nellie: Welcome back Adam and have a great time Amy!
Aug 9, 2017 5:37:45 GMT 9
Ahmet: Hey Adam! Thank you very much for writing such a nice book. I've read it , took lots and lots of notes. It's full of precious information about raising a bilingual kid. It helped me a lot and still keeps me on my way. goo.gl/photos/oPyfKffApeWPB9eU
Aug 11, 2017 7:34:44 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Ahmet, I loved seeing this photo of my book! Thanks so much! Would you mind if I shared it? And I'd be really grateful if you would leave a review at Amazon or elsewhere online.
Aug 11, 2017 8:54:39 GMT 9
Ahmet: Hi Adam, of course you may share the photo. By the way I already left a review at Goodreads and Amazon and I will continue to share info about your book.
Aug 13, 2017 17:34:53 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Ahmet, thanks a lot for your support!
Aug 13, 2017 18:14:01 GMT 9