Hi, I'm Paulina from Chicago, IL Dec 14, 2017 5:23:29 GMT 9
Post by Pau on Dec 14, 2017 5:23:29 GMT 9
My name is Paulina and I’m writing from Chicago, Illinois. I was born in Mexico City and I moved to the USA 4 years ago, I'm married to an amazing Mexican-American guy and we have a 2-year-old girl.
I'm very excited I’ve found a site to talk about bilingual families and children; I have been worried about my daughter for a few months now as she is not talking much. The doctor said she is fine as she has 50 words/sounds in her vocabulary but at this point she doesn't say “milk or leche” or words that are normal during the day; she just points to things and if we try to explain to her or try her to repeat the word it seems that she is ashamed or shy and she runs away.
In my house we speak mainly Spanish, she understands perfectly English and Spanish but her life is mainly in English (doctors, friends, cousins, TV, books). I think we made the mistake of telling her a word and then translate it to the second language, I think we are confusing her? She doesn’t know which word to use to answer or communicate? Sometimes I say a word in Spanish and she repeats it in English, like “naranja" and "orange”. I think she has chosen English over Spanish and that makes me feel sad and frustrated some times.
I don’t know what to do to encourage her to repeat a word, doesn’t matter in what language as long as she talks to me more. I think it happens to a lot of parents, feeling guilty that we haven’t done a good job with ours kids or we ask many times if we did something wrong. Time flies so fast, it feels like I closed my eyes for a minute and she is two years old now, I can’t believe it.
I was reading that the best we can do is to keep trying and don’t give up. I will appreciate your comments or if you have experienced something similar with your kids.
I have bought Adam’s book and it’s on its way! Very excited to get it soon.