Post by Laura Catherine on Jan 14, 2018 1:28:56 GMT 9
Hola! This is my first post and I'm very excited as I've been perusing this website for a while. My first language is English, but I'm fluent in Spanish (Spanish teacher) and want my daughter to speak Spanish as she grows up (she's almost eleven months currently). I speak to her *almost* exclusively in Spanish. Her father is learning some Spanish, but I use English (ML) to interact with him and he's the one that cares for her during the day. Our family and friends speak the ML, with the exception of a few people.
Long story short, her ML exposure is going to drastically outweigh her ml exposure. I've already started a Spanish book collection and we're already saving money to send her to the Concordia Language Villages, where I taught in the past (Can't say enough good things about them!). We have a dual-immersion school in our area, but that isn't an option for us for other reasons. In my mind, I've already lowered my expectations that she's not going to be fully bilingual, but I want her to be conversational and comfortable in Spanish. I'm wondering if anyone else has a similar language setup and what their experiences are or if anyone has any advice or feedback in general. Gracias!
Laura Catherine, it's great to have you here! Spanish is actually our third language (I blogged about this not long ago) and I would love to have my kids spend time at a place like Concordia Language Villages...but I'm afraid it's a bit far from Japan!
Last year, in fact, someone wrote a guest post about their experience at Concordia Language Villages...
About your situation, the circumstances are such that English will naturally become your daughter's dominant language, but with your ongoing persistence, I expect she'll make a lot of satisfying progress in Spanish, too, over the years ahead. So I would simply encourage you to do the best you can, day by day, to continue providing her with ample language exposure and building your relationship with her in Spanish.
As for offering her language input while you're at work, you could try cloning yourself on video, as I did when my kids were small and I worked long hours outside the home. It's a fun and effective way to maintain some consistent exposure, even in your absence!
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Bienvenida, Laura Catherine!! We have a different setup at home, but I've always said that if I got from 0 to 2 in our ml, my children can get from 2 to 4.
All I can say is, make the most of this forum and all of Adam's articles and book: read all the information, ask questions, share your frustrations, your triumphs, make the changes you need to make, if any. This place has made our bilingual journey much easier. It's nice to speak with people who truly understand what you're doing and have been through the new thing that worries you today. Adam has posted so many ways of making this work, that you'll never run out of ideas. And there are many other people in your same situation, trying to raise bilingual children and full of great ideas.
If you need any help with anything Spanish, let me know; I'm more than happy to help.
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Amy: Last year, a new colleague joined my team. She's trilingual in the same languages as me. It was like magic. We change languages and even code-switch several time a day. I had missed that so much!! My monolingual colleagues must think we're freaks! lol
May 8, 2019 4:56:12 GMT 9
Amy: Unfortunately, she has resigned and is leaving shortly. I was so proud to introduce her to my eldest, one day that I had brought her to show her round my office. And to introduce other bi/multilingual colleagues. Show how important languages are.
May 8, 2019 4:58:26 GMT 9
Mayken: That must have been wonderful, Amy! I'm sorry she is leaving. I would love to find someone like that. We had an English intern last year who spoke German and French. We chatted a lot.
May 8, 2019 6:06:01 GMT 9
Caro C.: Oh Amy I sort of feel related to what you are saying. Some months ago I made a friend from the US. She happens to be a neighbor with four kids. We’ve been sharing back and forth and I’d love my baby girl to eventually be able to share with her children
May 13, 2019 12:55:09 GMT 9
Caro C.: Although maybe they will be a bit old for her, still we (I mean their mom = Sarah and me) both are very happy and grateful for each other as friends.
May 13, 2019 12:57:05 GMT 9
Mayken: As of yesterday, I am aunt to a baby girl who lives in our ml country with 2 ml parents, and I'm already planning to get them a nice nursery rhymes CD for our first visit.
May 16, 2019 20:03:47 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice, Mayken! Have a happy visit!
May 17, 2019 9:10:21 GMT 9
Caro C.: OMG I just came across this song and it filled my heart with joy and excitement...perfect for all of us who are parents: youtu.be/g1fcnhB8GOY
May 19, 2019 14:01:55 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Caro, thanks for sharing that lovely song. Raffi was one of our very favorite musicians when my kids were small. We listened to him all the time. I highly recommend his albums as a source of very enjoyable and very effective English input.
May 20, 2019 15:32:26 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter is on a field trip this week and I feel like I've lost my main purpose
May 20, 2019 20:03:33 GMT 9
Raquel: That's cute, Mayken. I hope you enjoyed all that extra free time.
May 29, 2019 18:17:39 GMT 9
SheilaC: I am concern about our upcoming big change to Public school with all English teaching and minimal Spanish. We have been lucky until now with Spanish speaking Nanny and Spanish immersion preschool. We are doing 2-day per week with Spanish after school.
May 31, 2019 10:51:49 GMT 9
Amy: @sheilac, I suggest you create an actual thread on the "Questions & Concerns" board, so fellow Zoo Keepers can help you with your concerns. 256 characters is too little to discuss something that is so important to your heart
Jun 2, 2019 23:44:41 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam Beck, thanks for that very interesting and timely post - it justifies the large order for ml books and DVDs I'm about to place in view of my daughters upcoming birthday!
Jun 3, 2019 23:46:00 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Great to hear this, Mayken! And happy birthday to both yours and mine! (They have the same birthday, don't they?) And if anyone missed that post, here's the link once more...
Jun 4, 2019 8:03:42 GMT 9