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.
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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
Agnese: Thank you! After this setback I feel stronger than ever! The same day of the incident I ordered plenty of books in the ml on Amazon and I'm reading every day new research on bilingualism and bilingual education. I'm ready to defend my goal! Thanks
Jul 19, 2018 18:37:58 GMT 9
Agnese: Thank you for the suggestion!
Jul 21, 2018 15:40:43 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter met some inversed ML/ml kids today who live in our ml country. Their parents probably weren't thrilled they found n ML (for them) friend in their ml country. I'm sorry...a little bit.
Aug 7, 2018 2:07:34 GMT 9
Amy: Looks like the 3 weeks in ml1 country paid off: my ML mother reports my youngest would only speak ml1 to her! Lol Not sure ML childminder will be so happy when she returns... loool!
Aug 25, 2018 0:38:50 GMT 9
Mayken: Sounds like fun times ahead, Amy! Keep us posted.
Aug 27, 2018 23:15:08 GMT 9
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Aug 31, 2018 10:30:39 GMT 9
Amy: Happiest bilingual mum in the world : the new lady who conducts activities in ml2 with my eldest just assessed her level as pretty much equivalent to that of a native ml2 child! After that awful back-to-school start, this is like music to my ears.
Sept 6, 2018 0:00:13 GMT 9
Wojtek: I've been thinking for a long time to write an update and hopefully, I will do it one day. My brother married a Russian woman. That was nice to see that my 5-year-old daughter could play with her and speak English together!
Sept 7, 2018 21:37:25 GMT 9
Wojtek: After some time, she ran up and told me: "She is speaking English!"
Sept 7, 2018 21:38:31 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice to hear your happy news, Wojtek! And congratulations to your brother and his bride! It sounds like they may have a bilingual child in their future, too! Cheers to you all!
Sept 7, 2018 21:58:17 GMT 9