I haven't been very active lately, mostly because I've been super busy and I haven't really had any issues or questions in regards to our bilingual journey.
I had my second baby girl, Ella, on 13th July. My big girl, Klara, will be 4 next month and is 100% fluent in both ml and ML and we have slowly started practicing ml letters and sounds.
We now also have a ml speaking au pair living with us, so I don't need to stress about getting enough ml into the day, as there's lots of ml spoken in our house. However, because of this and because my oldest is already fluent, I've become a bit slack lately and I need to get back in here for motivation and to read up on all the good ideas and advice. I want to make sure that my oldest's language skills keep improving and to eventually help my youngest achieve the same ml level as her sister (without as many long visits to ml country as my oldest has been fortunate enough to get).
Hope to talk to lots of you in here again soon, I'll definitely be looking through all the recent threads now, so that I can hopefully get back up to speed and improve my ml efforts in the near future.
Jo, congratulations! That's a lovely photo of your two sweet girls!
I'm glad to hear that things are going so well. The fact that you've nurtured a firm, early foundation in the minority language will help sustain your success as the majority language becomes a bigger part of their lives. Just keep at it, day by day!
Adam Beck is the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo, and the author of the popular non-fiction book Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability amzn.to/22XKuCt and the humorous novel How I Lost My Ear amzn.to/2EsjVRS, both available worldwide.
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Mayken: Veda, when you go to your "Profile", there's a button at the top right that says "Edit Profile". Then click on the "Personal" tab (and other tabs) to edit the information. Hope that helps!
Jan 10, 2019 0:14:02 GMT 9
Veda L: Many thanks to Mayken for the tip. Finally changed my profile. To those who are celebrating Chinese New Year, a healthy and prosperous year of the pig in advance!
Jan 30, 2019 6:44:01 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Here's a lively list of 20 bloggers raising bilingual/multilingual children! (Recognize anyone?) buff.ly/2QT0eHL
Jan 31, 2019 9:01:41 GMT 9
Mayken: Hey Adam Beck, how come your photo on that list is bigger than everyone else's?
Jan 31, 2019 23:59:17 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken, I don't know, but I wish I could say it's because I'm taller! My son (almost 12) is now nearly as tall as I am. Just yesterday I told him that I have to start growing again!
Feb 1, 2019 10:12:14 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam Beck, thanks for sharing the impressions of your trip to China! I love those duck boats and that doorway! And meeting those kids wanting to speak English with you is so amazing!(I won't enter the giveaway because I'm afraid of winning the chicken claws!)
Feb 6, 2019 0:24:50 GMT 9
Mayken: My friend S asked her bilingual 2.5-year-old daughter: What language do mommy & daddy speak? D: English! S: What language does Grandma speak? D: French! S: What language do the cats speak? D (*thinks, then answers*): Meow!
Feb 7, 2019 0:08:00 GMT 9
Amy: Bless!! how cute is that!!! Reminds me of a similar thing that happened with my youngest when she was 18 months: she said the sound right for every animal but the cow. She kept answering "Lola" because of a famous Spanish nursery rhyme about a cow!
Feb 7, 2019 0:40:09 GMT 9
Alba: My son caught us by surprise when we said thank you (in English) to a waiter in a Mexican restaurant, and he said "gracias" (thank you) to him too in Spanish, also signing it! He was having a blast and there was some Spanish music in the background.
Feb 10, 2019 18:48:58 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Sounds like a wonderful moment, Alba!
Feb 11, 2019 11:57:53 GMT 9