This is Laura from Spain. I am a mum of a 4-year-old girl. At home we use the OPOL method; I speak English and her dad speaks Spanish to her. I'm not a native English speaker so the effort is even double but it is paying off. I love the language and so does my child so far. I try to rub off my enthusiasm on her and it seems to be working. At the moment she is doing great in English and not so good in Spanish but that's not really my biggest concern to be honest. Spanish will overcome English sooner or later I'm afraid...
I came across this forum a couple of years ago but never had the 'courage' to participate until a friend of mine, who is also involved in the same 'bilingual adventure' with her children, mentioned it in a conversation (thanks Raquel!). So here I am willing to learn loads of things from this lovely multicultural/multilingual community.
Good luck on your bilingual journey, unfortunately you are right the ML (Majority Language) tends to take over the minority language (ml) sooner or later. It is a continuous struggle to keep our ml alive and kicking. But we will get there in the end!
Don't be shy, the more the merrier! Participation is what keeps this forum going and makes it a lively and supportive community.
Greetings from Paris.
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It sounds like you and your daughter are doing very well--good for you both! While it's generally true that the majority language eventually becomes more dominant once children begin their schooling in that language (that's the case with my kids, too), that isn't necessarily a concern. The fact is, we can still nurture strong and lasting ability in the minority language, too, as long as we continue our best efforts throughout the childhood years. So keep up your (playful) persistence, day by day!
Laura, I look forward to following your bilingual journey and cheering on your progress!
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Hi Laura!! I was wondering whether it was you!! Welcome. I hope you'll keep coming and posting. As I told you, this place has done wonders for us and I'm sure it'll do the same for you and your family. Hope to see you around here too.
Mayken: Adam Beck, I've found another advantage to bilingualism: when one of your national sports teams is eliminated from an competition, you can still cheer on your other sports team!
Jun 28, 2018 5:25:39 GMT 9
Amy: Allez les Bleus! ("Go the Blues" - what French fans shout to their national team)
Jun 28, 2018 5:36:55 GMT 9
Wojtek: Adam, will you be watching in a few hours the football match between our national teams?
Jun 28, 2018 20:27:10 GMT 9
Mayken: Happy birthday to two bilingual monkeys: Adam Beck's daughter Lulu (14) and mine (8).🎂
Jun 29, 2018 23:10:16 GMT 9
Amy: Happy birthday to your 2 bilingual monkeys Mayken and Adam Beck !
Jun 30, 2018 5:15:05 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken, that's true, but in our case, the U.S. didn't make it to the World Cup this time! Japan has gone through, but they'll probably get knocked out very soon...
Jun 30, 2018 7:22:16 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Wojtek, Poland won! I was disappointed, though, to see Japan hold the ball at the end of the game because they only wanted to go through to the next round. I understand why they did that but I wish they had played harder...
Jun 30, 2018 7:24:42 GMT 9
Wojtek: Well, it suited both teams to slow down the ball. However, it was really unexpected and peculiar
Jul 1, 2018 1:16:27 GMT 9
Mayken: On the train from Cologne to my hometown, I saw a boy about 9/10 and his older sister. She was fluent in German but spoke French with a slight accent, he spoke only French. They were visiting their grandparents. I was intrigued but didn't ask.
Jul 1, 2018 22:06:55 GMT 9
Wojtek: Does anyone know an online English speech language therapist? I thought that it could be a good idea to get my girl evaluated in her ml...
Jul 6, 2018 4:02:38 GMT 9
Mayken: Yay! My 8-year-old daughter passed her ml swim test today! After swimming & diving, the pool attendant asked her to recite the swimming/safety rules (our recent captive reading), and she knew them all!
Jul 6, 2018 21:28:23 GMT 9
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Jul 7, 2018 11:28:32 GMT 9
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
Adam Beck: And Agnese, keep in mind that, above all, the highest priority is your bilingual aim, not the other passing concerns that are part of this experience (for us all). Don't let these distract you from the greater goal.
Jul 18, 2018 6:24:49 GMT 9