I haven't really been active lately. The main reason being my kids are still quite young and we're only starting out on our bilingual journey.
Our situation is we speak exclusively German (ml) at home while English (ML) in the community. My children are now 3yrs 8mths and 2yrs 4mths. They both have been attending daycare since they were infants. They both speak English perfectly fine for their age and are doing really well with their German too.
It was about 2 months ago that I suddenly realised that my son, who is the older one, told me all about his day in our home language, the ml and target language. Since then his German has improved beyond measure and I've noticed he's throwing less English into his German.
He's also just started at a new preschool and as it happens the director there is German, too. She was so impressed when she realised that my son was happily chatting to her in his ml just to turn around and talk to another teacher using the ML. And since his German has improved and he speaks less "Denglish" his little sister's vocabulary has improved, too.
So, I guess we are on the right track here! 😊
I am very much looking forward to taking the children to visit their grandparents in Germany later this year.
Vera, thanks for your update! Yes, it sounds like you and your kids are doing really well! Good for you, and good for them!
Keep up these productive efforts in 2018 and I'm sure you'll have more happy updates to share with us this year. I look forward to reading them!
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Sounds great, Vera!! It's great to hear their German is getting stronger and they're using less English with you. Switching that easily between languages at such a young age is something that still amazes me. Hope you can make that trip to Germany happen soon!!
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.
Feb 10, 2019 18:48:58 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Sounds like a wonderful moment, Alba!
Feb 11, 2019 11:57:53 GMT 9
Alba: Streaming problems: I decided to play some cartoons in ml2 (Hindi) which I knew had been playing in ml2 the day before with his dad. I was studying my son's face to see if he understood, turns out the cartoon was in Polish, not sure why!
Apr 4, 2019 0:44:39 GMT 9
Amy: Cute code switching this morning when my 3 year old told me "I get my pótamo" (she meant her hippo soft toy). This mixing was music to my ears... It means she is truly growing trilingual.
Apr 6, 2019 2:51:35 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Lovely, Amy! Good for you, and good for her! P.S. I like hippos.
Apr 7, 2019 10:32:37 GMT 9
Alba: So funny, Amy! Great to hear I love the word Hypo, every child says it different! My son did something similar when he say "This tocotó", he calls horses "tocotó" based on the noise they made when trotting (tocotó, iiii (neigh)-ok, for a Spanish ear)
Apr 8, 2019 6:52:09 GMT 9
Amy: Cheer Alba and Adam Beck! . I love these "baby" words. They are so cute. I like the "This tocotó" another example of state of the art Spanglish <3
Apr 9, 2019 4:54:05 GMT 9