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!
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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Veda L: A happy belated new year to all keepers! Any quick tips on how to edit profile (kids’ ages etc)? I’ve fumbled about with no luck. Thanks!
Jan 9, 2019 23:58:17 GMT 9
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!
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