I'm a native English speaker living in the UK with my English partner and two kids (3 and 5). So we're a monolingual household...but I speak basic Spanish and have been trying to teach the kids what I know.
So far we've tried Spanish babysitters and a short-term au pair stay, both of which have been wonderful. And probably too much Spanish language TV (thanks to Netflix!).
I am interested in increasing their exposure, but limited by my lack of ability. They understand fairly well, but of course speaking is harder.
Kirsty, welcome! Yes, ample exposure (along with a genuine need to use the language) is fundamental for language development so the more you can fortify this input--from yourself and from others--the more progress you'll surely experience. It sounds like you're making good efforts in both directions so I would encourage you to continue being as proactive and resourceful as possible.
Toward that end, I hope this forum, as well as my my blog and my book, can be helpful sources of support for ideas and inspiration. (At my blog, the resource page of Creative Ideas might be particularly useful for practical activities.)
I hope this initial response is encouraging! Keep at it, Kirsty!
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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!
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Raquel: ^ Loved the Top-Secret Research studies!!
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Mayken: Me too! Can't decide which top secret file I'd want to get my hands on first!
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Amy: ml1 extended week-end ahead with ml1 grandparents flying in tonight
Oct 28, 2017 4:31:57 GMT 9
Mayken: Follow-up on my daughter's visit at my old ml school: the headmistress suggested a penpal set-up between the class there and my daughter's class here. Let's see what my daughter's regular ml teacher says. I think that'd be cool. (The kids are in 2nd grade.
Oct 28, 2017 6:09:00 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Have a fun weekend, Amy! And Mayken, that sounds like a great idea! Cheers to you both, and to all!
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