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!!
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Raquel: I love it, Mayken! What a sweet lady. I would have listened in and not asked, hehe. Did you use it to show your daughter how useful the ml can be?
Dec 21, 2017 20:35:38 GMT 9
Mayken: Raquel, my daughter loved it - both the coincidence, and that this lady was learning our language!
Dec 24, 2017 22:25:47 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Happy New Year to you all! Let's make 2018 a really good year!
Dec 31, 2017 7:04:50 GMT 9
Joanna: Packing to go home from Canada...luggage scale reading 23 kg of minority language books!
Dec 31, 2017 23:48:06 GMT 9
Amy: Happy new year to all! . May 2018 bring you every success in your bilingual endeavours!
Jan 1, 2018 23:08:58 GMT 9
Mayken: Happy new year to everyone! I shared a little New Year's Eve story in the Snack Bar.
Jan 5, 2018 5:08:21 GMT 9
Mayken: 7yo wrote her Christmas letter in the ml and sent it to Santa's address in our ml country. This week she received his reply - and was somewhat offended that he replied in the ML
Jan 5, 2018 21:47:21 GMT 9
Adam Beck: That's very cute, Mayken!
Jan 6, 2018 7:57:09 GMT 9
Amy: Oh no Mayken!! I'd also feel very gutted in her shoes! Hope he made up for it by spoiling her on Xmas!
Jan 7, 2018 1:12:53 GMT 9
Mayken: He totally did, Amy! Especially her most important wish - the second illustrated Harry Potter (in ml, of course).
Jan 9, 2018 0:06:05 GMT 9
Raquel: Happy 2018!! How come Santa replied in the wrong language? That's weird.
Jan 9, 2018 19:26:41 GMT 9
Mayken: Raquel, he gets letters from all over the world at that German address, and I guess the reply is in the language that matches the country fo the child's return address. Next time she'll use my mom's address (if she still wants to write to Santa then).
Jan 10, 2018 0:38:19 GMT 9
Raquel: Mayken, I just was surprised that, reading a letter in a certain language, they would reply in a different one. But if it's an standarized letter, then it makes total sense.
Jan 10, 2018 21:42:23 GMT 9
Mayken: It is. Our local ML Santa, to whom my daughter wrote the year before (in ml) replied in ML too but started the letter with her name. But then he's serving a town of 37,000 people only.
Jan 10, 2018 23:18:32 GMT 9
Raquel: Makes sense, Mayken. Thanks for explaining.
Jan 11, 2018 22:31:51 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter called me out twice this week for using the wrong language with her. The second time it was only one work (number of a métro line).
Jan 12, 2018 0:16:39 GMT 9