Hello again. I thought of another question and didn’t want to forget it by waiting to post. In the future do you plan to teach your kids your ml languages? This is something I wonder about with my own kids and I really hope they plan to teach their kids French. But I have seen a lot of people who don't teach a second language to their kids even though they could have.
Marie, I had them write their responses to this question, too! (Thanks for the ideal excuse to get them writing! )
Lulu I would like to teach my kids other languages because I think it's cool to speak more than one. But, for kids, it gets hard sometimes so I want to remember that!
Roy If I could teach them a lot of languages, maybe they could go to a lot of countries!
I certainly hope Lulu and Roy will hand down good English ability to their kids in the future! (And perhaps nurture other languages as well.) In fact, they already have help when it comes to English because of all the books and other resources I've collected over the years. And hopefully I'll still be around to provide some English input, too!
Adam Beck is the author of the popular nonfiction books "Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability" and "I WANT TO BE BILINGUAL!" (illustrated by Pavel Goldaev) as well as the award-winning humorous novel "How I Lost My Ear" (illustrated by Simon Farrow).
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And yes, if you are around, I'm sure your grandchildren will speak English for sure. I have seen kids learning second languages from grandparents. I learned Vietnamese when my grandmother was living with us. I lost it all though when she moved out though. She still lived close, but I only saw her 2-3 times a month versus every day.
Marisa: "Victory moment:" My almost 4-year-old daughter told me yesterday in the ml (rough translation): "mom, there's something wrong with the cartoons, can you fix it, please?"... she was accidentally watching TV in the ML! So I gladly obliged
Jan 18, 2020 4:15:02 GMT 9
Amy: Awww bless her, Marisa!!! That was so cute!! <3
Jan 18, 2020 5:25:44 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Marisa, give that little minority language lover a big hug from me!
Jan 18, 2020 8:04:49 GMT 9
Mayken: We're at Harry Potter Book Night at the English bookshop in Paris. The activities are all in French but my daughter teamed up for the treasure hunt with a girl who also speaks ouf ml German!
Feb 8, 2020 3:50:49 GMT 9
Amy: Was stunned to hear eldest had an anglophone (ml) accent when she began to read in the ML this afternoon!! Didn't last more than a paragraph until her brain switched language, but chuffed mum here!!
Mar 7, 2020 23:05:49 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter found the secret stash of ml books I'd bought at the closure sale of the ml book store two months ago and hidden away for later. Guess it's a good time for new books now, right?
Mar 18, 2020 5:29:38 GMT 9
Caro C.: My baby (16mo) perfectly knows what "hi5" means and readily shows her hand even when we are not showing our hand first. It feels like the first minor blossom of the bilingual seed.
Jun 1, 2020 13:05:36 GMT 9