Praise is an important factor and driver in education, whether mono or multilingual.
I was wondering what little praises you tell your bilingual monkeys about their ability to speak several languages? Children often dislike being different, and I think it’d be interesting to share our praises to help our monkeys value their linguistic capacities.
To get you started, here is what I said when my daughter got picked on at school for speaking ml: I told her she has a special gift, like the fairies in the books. She can speak several languages and can help others who can’t understand one of these languages, like Nanny Plum in one of Ben and Holly’s episodes. I saw my daughter smile at the idea of being like a fairy, and I think it cheered her up at a time she did not feel good about being different.
What do you say to your monkeys?
***"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars" - Oscar Wilde***
What a lovely idea! I have just been telling my daughter how WELL she speaks ml2 (the other day she said that mamá and papa spoke ml1 and ml2, that grandma spoke ml2 and that she only spoke ML, so I've been working on making her realise that she does/can indeed speak the mls!), but maybe I need to get more creative!
My daughter also very much wants to be like other children, so this is definitely something where we need to help foster pride.
We are lucky that everyone in our area speaks 2 or 3 languages. So my daughter thinks this is the norm. However, at first when she would get reluctant sometimes or complain about learning French, I would say how lucky she is. How she would be so thankful later in life and how I wish I had the same opportunity as a child. I explained it's a lot more difficult to learn another language as a child. I think it helps that her best friend who moved to France also speaks French, and could potentially forget most of her English! She has been there a few months and she visited us a week ago and I could see she already forgot some of her English. My daughter and her spoke English and French together this time, so it was not a problem. I think if most kids speak only one language, I would emphasize the benefits of knowing more then one language. Traveling the world (you can show images of different places to travel that speak the language), communicating with others, etc.
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Amy: Last year, a new colleague joined my team. She's trilingual in the same languages as me. It was like magic. We change languages and even code-switch several time a day. I had missed that so much!! My monolingual colleagues must think we're freaks! lol
May 8, 2019 4:56:12 GMT 9
Amy: Unfortunately, she has resigned and is leaving shortly. I was so proud to introduce her to my eldest, one day that I had brought her to show her round my office. And to introduce other bi/multilingual colleagues. Show how important languages are.
May 8, 2019 4:58:26 GMT 9
Mayken: That must have been wonderful, Amy! I'm sorry she is leaving. I would love to find someone like that. We had an English intern last year who spoke German and French. We chatted a lot.
May 8, 2019 6:06:01 GMT 9
Caro C.: Oh Amy I sort of feel related to what you are saying. Some months ago I made a friend from the US. She happens to be a neighbor with four kids. We’ve been sharing back and forth and I’d love my baby girl to eventually be able to share with her children
May 13, 2019 12:55:09 GMT 9
Caro C.: Although maybe they will be a bit old for her, still we (I mean their mom = Sarah and me) both are very happy and grateful for each other as friends.
May 13, 2019 12:57:05 GMT 9
Mayken: As of yesterday, I am aunt to a baby girl who lives in our ml country with 2 ml parents, and I'm already planning to get them a nice nursery rhymes CD for our first visit.
May 16, 2019 20:03:47 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice, Mayken! Have a happy visit!
May 17, 2019 9:10:21 GMT 9
Caro C.: OMG I just came across this song and it filled my heart with joy and excitement...perfect for all of us who are parents: youtu.be/g1fcnhB8GOY
May 19, 2019 14:01:55 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Caro, thanks for sharing that lovely song. Raffi was one of our very favorite musicians when my kids were small. We listened to him all the time. I highly recommend his albums as a source of very enjoyable and very effective English input.
May 20, 2019 15:32:26 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter is on a field trip this week and I feel like I've lost my main purpose
May 20, 2019 20:03:33 GMT 9
Raquel: That's cute, Mayken. I hope you enjoyed all that extra free time.
May 29, 2019 18:17:39 GMT 9
SheilaC: I am concern about our upcoming big change to Public school with all English teaching and minimal Spanish. We have been lucky until now with Spanish speaking Nanny and Spanish immersion preschool. We are doing 2-day per week with Spanish after school.
May 31, 2019 10:51:49 GMT 9
Amy: @sheilac, I suggest you create an actual thread on the "Questions & Concerns" board, so fellow Zoo Keepers can help you with your concerns. 256 characters is too little to discuss something that is so important to your heart
Jun 2, 2019 23:44:41 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam Beck, thanks for that very interesting and timely post - it justifies the large order for ml books and DVDs I'm about to place in view of my daughters upcoming birthday!
Jun 3, 2019 23:46:00 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Great to hear this, Mayken! And happy birthday to both yours and mine! (They have the same birthday, don't they?) And if anyone missed that post, here's the link once more...
Jun 4, 2019 8:03:42 GMT 9