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.
***"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars" - Oscar Wilde***
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!
Adam Beck is the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo, and the author of the popular 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. Please support The Bilingual Zoo through Adam's Patreon page www.patreon.com/bilingualmonkeys.
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.
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Amy: Last year, a new colleague joined my team. She's trilingual in the same languages as me. It was like magic. We change languages and even code-switch several time a day. I had missed that so much!! My monolingual colleagues must think we're freaks! lol
May 8, 2019 4:56:12 GMT 9
Amy: Unfortunately, she has resigned and is leaving shortly. I was so proud to introduce her to my eldest, one day that I had brought her to show her round my office. And to introduce other bi/multilingual colleagues. Show how important languages are.
May 8, 2019 4:58:26 GMT 9
Mayken: That must have been wonderful, Amy! I'm sorry she is leaving. I would love to find someone like that. We had an English intern last year who spoke German and French. We chatted a lot.
May 8, 2019 6:06:01 GMT 9
Caro C.: Oh Amy I sort of feel related to what you are saying. Some months ago I made a friend from the US. She happens to be a neighbor with four kids. We’ve been sharing back and forth and I’d love my baby girl to eventually be able to share with her children
May 13, 2019 12:55:09 GMT 9
Caro C.: Although maybe they will be a bit old for her, still we (I mean their mom = Sarah and me) both are very happy and grateful for each other as friends.
May 13, 2019 12:57:05 GMT 9
Mayken: As of yesterday, I am aunt to a baby girl who lives in our ml country with 2 ml parents, and I'm already planning to get them a nice nursery rhymes CD for our first visit.
May 16, 2019 20:03:47 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice, Mayken! Have a happy visit!
May 17, 2019 9:10:21 GMT 9
Caro C.: OMG I just came across this song and it filled my heart with joy and excitement...perfect for all of us who are parents: youtu.be/g1fcnhB8GOY
May 19, 2019 14:01:55 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Caro, thanks for sharing that lovely song. Raffi was one of our very favorite musicians when my kids were small. We listened to him all the time. I highly recommend his albums as a source of very enjoyable and very effective English input.
May 20, 2019 15:32:26 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter is on a field trip this week and I feel like I've lost my main purpose
May 20, 2019 20:03:33 GMT 9
Raquel: That's cute, Mayken. I hope you enjoyed all that extra free time.
May 29, 2019 18:17:39 GMT 9
SheilaC: I am concern about our upcoming big change to Public school with all English teaching and minimal Spanish. We have been lucky until now with Spanish speaking Nanny and Spanish immersion preschool. We are doing 2-day per week with Spanish after school.
May 31, 2019 10:51:49 GMT 9
Amy: @sheilac, I suggest you create an actual thread on the "Questions & Concerns" board, so fellow Zoo Keepers can help you with your concerns. 256 characters is too little to discuss something that is so important to your heart
Jun 2, 2019 23:44:41 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam Beck, thanks for that very interesting and timely post - it justifies the large order for ml books and DVDs I'm about to place in view of my daughters upcoming birthday!
Jun 3, 2019 23:46:00 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Great to hear this, Mayken! And happy birthday to both yours and mine! (They have the same birthday, don't they?) And if anyone missed that post, here's the link once more...
Jun 4, 2019 8:03:42 GMT 9