It will take you through (among other things such as the 2 core principles of Exposure and Need) all the methods available (OPOL included). At the end of the day it will still be up to you to pick the method most suited to your family. The good news is that there is no right or wrong pick. You can even pick and mix (I do a mix of OPOL and ml@h). And above all, if the strategy you choose is not the most adequate, you can adapt/change it along the way.
My only advice is not to delay any longer and get started: the earlier you begin the better for the child (in my humble opinion).
In any case, be ready for a bumpy ride. It is a real challenge for us bilingual families; yet rest assured that with sustained efforts and unwavering commitment -and in spite of all frustrations met- you will eventually get there.
***"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars" - Oscar Wilde***
Rossilyn, welcome! Since your daughter is now 2, it isn't clear to me how much Spanish input you've already been giving her and what sort of options are available to you in terms of Spanish input from the community, such as schooling or other speakers of the language.
Essentially, the more language exposure you can provide to her during these first few formative years, the more you'll raise the odds of fostering active ability in Spanish, alongside her growing fluency in English.
Along with this forum, you'll find a wealth of information and ideas--to help fortify your efforts and raise those odds of success--at my blog and in my book. One place to start might be the resource page at my blog called The Essentials, which offers a list of links to a range of useful articles.
Rossilyn, I wish you and your family all the best on your bilingual journey! Stay mindful and proactive, day by day, and you'll no doubt fuel a lot of progress in your daughter's Spanish ability over the months and years ahead!
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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!
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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!
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Mayken: Hey Adam Beck, how come your photo on that list is bigger than everyone else's?
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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!
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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.
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Adam Beck: Sounds like a wonderful moment, Alba!
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