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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Agnese: First words. What to expect? My son is 10 months old. He's still babbling, but I've noticed some different sounds depending on the situation. I wonder if he'll start saying his first words in the next weeks (or months, who knows?). What should I expect?
Jul 11, 2018 0:30:24 GMT 9
Amy: Don't expect anything Agnese. Just let it happen, and then what he says will hit you like a train. It's an amazing moment. Just live it and don't overthink it. Whatever he says, in whatever language it is, it is a magical moment.
Jul 11, 2018 5:11:14 GMT 9
Agnese: I've recently found a further (annoying) challenge: when I speak ml (Italian) to my child (10m) in front of ML acquaintances, they are making jokes about what I said (mostly accent, similar unrelated words...). What do you think is the best way to act?
Jul 15, 2018 13:04:11 GMT 9
Amy: Agnese, it is simply because they never had the opportunity to be acquainted so closely to that language. Just smile and keep going. Over time (even if this may seem long), the comments will fade. Don't show your son you are embarrassed by your ml.
Jul 16, 2018 3:56:41 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Agnese, I strongly second Amy's advice! Stay strong and continue speaking Italian!
Jul 18, 2018 6:22:37 GMT 9
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