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: Happy birthday to your 2 bilingual monkeys Mayken and Adam Beck !
Jun 30, 2018 5:15:05 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken, that's true, but in our case, the U.S. didn't make it to the World Cup this time! Japan has gone through, but they'll probably get knocked out very soon...
Jun 30, 2018 7:22:16 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Wojtek, Poland won! I was disappointed, though, to see Japan hold the ball at the end of the game because they only wanted to go through to the next round. I understand why they did that but I wish they had played harder...
Jun 30, 2018 7:24:42 GMT 9
Wojtek: Well, it suited both teams to slow down the ball. However, it was really unexpected and peculiar
Jul 1, 2018 1:16:27 GMT 9
Mayken: On the train from Cologne to my hometown, I saw a boy about 9/10 and his older sister. She was fluent in German but spoke French with a slight accent, he spoke only French. They were visiting their grandparents. I was intrigued but didn't ask.
Jul 1, 2018 22:06:55 GMT 9
Wojtek: Does anyone know an online English speech language therapist? I thought that it could be a good idea to get my girl evaluated in her ml...
Jul 6, 2018 4:02:38 GMT 9
Mayken: Yay! My 8-year-old daughter passed her ml swim test today! After swimming & diving, the pool attendant asked her to recite the swimming/safety rules (our recent captive reading), and she knew them all!
Jul 6, 2018 21:28:23 GMT 9
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Jul 7, 2018 11:28:32 GMT 9
Agnese: First words. What to expect? My son is 10 months old. He's still babbling, but I've noticed some different sounds depending on the situation. I wonder if he'll start saying his first words in the next weeks (or months, who knows?). What should I expect?
Jul 11, 2018 0:30:24 GMT 9
Amy: Don't expect anything Agnese. Just let it happen, and then what he says will hit you like a train. It's an amazing moment. Just live it and don't overthink it. Whatever he says, in whatever language it is, it is a magical moment.
Jul 11, 2018 5:11:14 GMT 9
Agnese: I've recently found a further (annoying) challenge: when I speak ml (Italian) to my child (10m) in front of ML acquaintances, they are making jokes about what I said (mostly accent, similar unrelated words...). What do you think is the best way to act?
Jul 15, 2018 13:04:11 GMT 9
Amy: Agnese, it is simply because they never had the opportunity to be acquainted so closely to that language. Just smile and keep going. Over time (even if this may seem long), the comments will fade. Don't show your son you are embarrassed by your ml.
Jul 16, 2018 3:56:41 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Agnese, I strongly second Amy's advice! Stay strong and continue speaking Italian!
Jul 18, 2018 6:22:37 GMT 9
Adam Beck: And Agnese, keep in mind that, above all, the highest priority is your bilingual aim, not the other passing concerns that are part of this experience (for us all). Don't let these distract you from the greater goal.
Jul 18, 2018 6:24:49 GMT 9
Agnese: Thank you! After this setback I feel stronger than ever! The same day of the incident I ordered plenty of books in the ml on Amazon and I'm reading every day new research on bilingualism and bilingual education. I'm ready to defend my goal! Thanks
Jul 19, 2018 18:37:58 GMT 9
Agnese: Thank you for the suggestion!
Jul 21, 2018 15:40:43 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter met some inversed ML/ml kids today who live in our ml country. Their parents probably weren't thrilled they found n ML (for them) friend in their ml country. I'm sorry...a little bit.
Aug 7, 2018 2:07:34 GMT 9