I also worry that my kids spend too much time in the ML but unfortunately this is inevitable. My 19-month-old, for example, can understand ml but his words are dominated by ML ones already. So you are far ahead of me with your very determined and persistent approach. I enjoy reading your thread and learning how you are creating your homework routine.
Thanks, Undraa! We have the big advantage of having both parents speak the ml to them. I don't know what I would have done if my husband hadn't decided he would speak in the ml with them too! I'm constantly looking for ways of keeping the ml strong as it is.
We had an all-ml weekend, which was good after such a ML-full week. My new aim is for my children to spend 40 hours in the ml a week.
This weekend there was no time for homework in the ml, so, Sunday morning, my daughter insisted she wanted to do the first face in the new book we bought at Costco with stickers so that they can create festive faces. She did a gingerbread man, then we spelled "Gingerbread man" on the back and colored by number.
Oh wow, all-ml weekend! My son asked me what I want for my birthday (my birthday is in December). I said I want him to speak only ml to me the whole day. He looked at me very surprised but we got a deal.
I think my little one has somewhat learned the concept of "on/off". He's obsessed with the lights in the car, his and his sister's and goes "laaa" (=light). His sister's is usually off and his on, so I've been telling him this when he points at each. Today he pointed at his and said his usual "laaa", then pointed at his sister's and said "ooo". I told him it was "off" and he kept saying "ooo".
My daughter is mispronouncing some words, all related to the N sound: 1. "an" doesn't exist, so she says "a orange", "a elephant", which is why she pronounces "another" as "a-other". 2. She says "nime" instead of "nine". 3. She learned "ninja" from the movie Boss Baby, but she understood it as "inja", so that's what she says.
She also calls this movie "Bossy Baby" instead. I guess we've told her not to be bossy one too many times.
1. English: momma, dadda, bye, here, bus, cat, dog, woof, duck, quack, nose, light, teeth, star, car, on/off. 2. Spanish: mamá (=mom), [sister's name], hola (=hello), no tá (no está = it's gone/it's not there), agua (=water). 3: Both: no. I'm not counting the words he's just said only a couple of times like "book" and "coat".
Today he said: "here, bus", while pointing at the bus. He loves them!
My daughter called me out on my speaking Spanish to her dad this morning. She said: "Mommy, in English!" and so I repeated everything I had just said in English. It cracked me up because it wasn't until recently that I began trying to speak more English with my husband. I guess she picked up on it.
This last weekend was a long one in Spain: December 6th-10th, so we went away with my brother, SIL and nephew. Even though my brother also speaks to my nephew (and my children) in the ml, my SIL doesn't, so my nephew mostly speaks in the ML, which means my daughter does too, with him, and with her aunt. We, the adults, also speak in the ML with one another, so there's a lot of ML-speaking going on and it shows. I've always let my daughter sing her songs in Spanish from school, play with her toys in whatever language she wants without saying a word about it, maybe because it was in the ml 95% of the time. Yesterday, I caught her saying a word in the ML to her brother and it didn't make me happy. This time I did tell her she needed to speak in the ml with her brother. But this is useless with her cousin, so I'm considering doing as Amy and banning Spanish from home, or at least have the English flag on the door as a visual reminder. I wouldn't like banning any languages, but if it's what it takes to protect the ml, I think I will. Hopefully, now that we're back to school -and work-, everything will go back to normal. *fingers crossed*
I'm enjoying your updates, Raquel! There may seem to steps that go backward from time to time, but my sense is that, overall, the steps that are moving you and your children forward, day by day, will continue to produce very rewarding progress. Just keep up your persistent efforts! (My fingers are crossed for you, too!)
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Mayken: My 7-year-old, her ML dad and a ml family are going to the Christmas market at a ml school today - and I can't go with them! (Hope that ML dad's presence doesn't stop the kids from speaking ml together.)
Dec 2, 2017 22:12:04 GMT 9
Amy: I'm sure the language balance is heavily in favour of the ml. Don't you worry Mayken. And it's also good that your daughter sees that the ml exists beyond the Mummy sphere. It will give more weight to the ml to hear from another sphere.
Dec 2, 2017 22:51:42 GMT 9
Mayken: In the end, it was my daughter with ML dad and the other girl with ML mom (but who's fluent in ml). The other girl got tired of ml after a while but my girl chatted with people in ml and bought ml books and a snack, all in ml!
Dec 5, 2017 0:29:57 GMT 9
Amy: Not so bad after all then, Mayken
Dec 5, 2017 6:27:24 GMT 9
Mayken: Not bad at all, I just regret I wasn't there with them.
Dec 6, 2017 6:11:36 GMT 9
Amy: As the French have it Mayken: "ce n'est que partie remise!"
Dec 6, 2017 18:47:06 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter wrote her letter to Santa in the ml this weekend, and we'll send it to Santa's address in the ml country, that way she'll get an ml letter back from him! Last item on her wishlist reads "The second Harry Potter book, and more books."
Dec 11, 2017 23:59:38 GMT 9
Adam Beck: More books is always good!
Dec 12, 2017 8:15:58 GMT 9
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Dec 12, 2017 8:16:04 GMT 9