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!
Adam Beck is the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo, and the author of the popular non-fiction book Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability amzn.to/22XKuCt and the humorous novel How I Lost My Ear amzn.to/2EsjVRS, both available worldwide.
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.
Amy: And to all other fellow zookeepers of course!
Nov 4, 2018 18:13:28 GMT 9
Wojtek: Yesterday my daughter used a Polish word in an English sentence. From time to time she does it (don't know if I should be happy about that), but anyway what was amusing about that, she said it with an English accent!
Nov 5, 2018 18:23:45 GMT 9
Wojtek: I feel the English accent in our monolingual family has seemed to be something unreachable but in that mixed sentence, I heard the difference. It surprised me slightly.
Nov 5, 2018 18:23:55 GMT 9
Amy: So cute Wojtek! And such a lovely piece of news!
Nov 7, 2018 6:29:36 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice Wojtek! Give that little girl a big hug from Uncle Adam!
Nov 7, 2018 10:16:33 GMT 9