My name is Alex. I am a Russian polyglot living in Moscow with my wife and 2.5-year-old son. We are a bit unusual bilingual family because I and my wife are native Russian speakers and I speak only English with my son.
Languages are my big passion so I want to share my knowledge with my kids as much as I can. These days I've been introducing my kid to Mandarin and plan to do it on a regular basis. And now I want to ask some help from Chinese natives on this forum. I want to provide my kid with deep cultural immersion and I usually do this through books, music, and cartoons. Please, share with me some classical resources you use to raise your kids.
You know, these days you can find a lot of different cartoons, stories, and songs for kids but some of them are so weird and silly so I don’t want to show them to my son. For example, in Russian, we have some really good fairy tales, real classics. When talking about music and cartoons – the best were made in the Soviet Union and contemporary industry lacks something, I don’t even know what.
That is why I am asking you to share the very best in your mother tongue for a 3 year old:
1) Books (10 - 15)
2) Songs (100+)
3) Cartoons (10 - 15)
Please, write as many names as you can, I think I’ll order them from Amazon or find it elsewhere.
P.S. I asked only about books, music, and cartoons, but if you can share some other effective ways of interacting with kids – I would be super grateful.
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Mayken: Veda, when you go to your "Profile", there's a button at the top right that says "Edit Profile". Then click on the "Personal" tab (and other tabs) to edit the information. Hope that helps!
Jan 10, 2019 0:14:02 GMT 9
Veda L: Many thanks to Mayken for the tip. Finally changed my profile. To those who are celebrating Chinese New Year, a healthy and prosperous year of the pig in advance!
Jan 30, 2019 6:44:01 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Here's a lively list of 20 bloggers raising bilingual/multilingual children! (Recognize anyone?) buff.ly/2QT0eHL
Jan 31, 2019 9:01:41 GMT 9
Mayken: Hey Adam Beck, how come your photo on that list is bigger than everyone else's?
Jan 31, 2019 23:59:17 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken, I don't know, but I wish I could say it's because I'm taller! My son (almost 12) is now nearly as tall as I am. Just yesterday I told him that I have to start growing again!
Feb 1, 2019 10:12:14 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam Beck, thanks for sharing the impressions of your trip to China! I love those duck boats and that doorway! And meeting those kids wanting to speak English with you is so amazing!(I won't enter the giveaway because I'm afraid of winning the chicken claws!)
Feb 6, 2019 0:24:50 GMT 9
Mayken: My friend S asked her bilingual 2.5-year-old daughter: What language do mommy & daddy speak? D: English! S: What language does Grandma speak? D: French! S: What language do the cats speak? D (*thinks, then answers*): Meow!
Feb 7, 2019 0:08:00 GMT 9
Amy: Bless!! how cute is that!!! Reminds me of a similar thing that happened with my youngest when she was 18 months: she said the sound right for every animal but the cow. She kept answering "Lola" because of a famous Spanish nursery rhyme about a cow!
Feb 7, 2019 0:40:09 GMT 9
Alba: My son caught us by surprise when we said thank you (in English) to a waiter in a Mexican restaurant, and he said "gracias" (thank you) to him too in Spanish, also signing it! He was having a blast and there was some Spanish music in the background.
Feb 10, 2019 18:48:58 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Sounds like a wonderful moment, Alba!
Feb 11, 2019 11:57:53 GMT 9