We got to a point where my daughter (3, soon to be 4), would benefit a lot from speaking English with other children. We'll be visiting England this summer, but what she really needs is to play with children in English on a regular basis... So far, she only knows English-speaking adults, so we hear a lot of children expressions in Spanish: me he caído (I fell) ¡Toma! (Take that!) etc...
So if you live in Madrid, speak English to your children, and you'd like to meet so that the children can play (and we can chat about how fun/crazy/you-name-it this bilingual ride is too!) we're game. Just let me know!!
It's a shame we aren't nearer!! We are two hours drive away from Madrid (1hr by AVE). I'm sure you will find lots of English speaking families in Madrid though...keep seeing so many English things and activities you can do in Madrid!! Lucky you off to the UK! I haven't been back for nearly 5 years now!! Am going to plan a trip for next year!!
Thanks, Tracey!! Maybe one day we can meet halfway. Just say the word! Hope you do get to visit the UK next year; the timing would be perfect for your youngest, as it seems to be around the time they turn 2 when they make a lot of language progress.
As far as English activities in Madrid, it's true that there are quite a few, but I feel my daughter gets bored when we go and doesn't participate much; these are activities for children learning English at school as a second language, so I can see why she loses interest very quickly.
Oh that would be great!! Either meeting halfway or in Madrid one day would be lovely (love going to Madrid and before I had kids went a lot more!) Crossing my fingers that next year I'll finally get to take my kids to the UK. That's a shame! I suppose that many activities are aimed at Spanish kids learning English but think there must be some stuff for bilingual kids too. Have you looked at Kids In Madrid? Even the fact that there are English bookshops or more bookshops which sell English books, you can go to the cinema and see films in original version and can also take your kids to bilingual nurseries/schools is great. Another great free paper is In Madrid which is in English...I used to pick it up when I visited Madrid...maybe it's not printed anymore but I think it's also online...they advertise lots of events and English dentists, doctors etc.
Hi Tracey!! Thanks for the tip on where to find more things in English!! Hubby and I used to always watch movies in English, but with the little one being too little for movies we can't take both. The only time I can take my daughter is when she's off school and her brother isn't, which means a morning on a weekday, when there are no movies in English to be watched. *rolls eyes* Not to mention that most movies in the original version are for adults, not for children. I haven't heard about the paper you mention, but I'll google it. My husband will think I'm even crazier than he already thinks I am if I start taking the kids to English speaking health professionals, lol. As far as bookstores go, I must confess I order most of ours online.
Well, if you come to Madrid, please let me know!! If not, let's talk after the summer holidays and find a way to get together! If I forget to PM you in September -my brain is fried-, please remind me!
hehehe no problem! I hope you find them useful! I just found loads of stuff on Facebook in Madrid about English stuff. There's also The Things You Miss (if it's still open) and The Food Hall where you can get English food and drink (always tried to go to at least one of them when I used to go to Madrid) and you should check out English Shorts (short theatre plays but these are more for adults I think) and then there's another website about English theatre in Madrid (but again unfortunately aimed more at adults). We should definitely try to do that in September...may also go one weekend to Madrid to do a Jolly Phonics training course.
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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