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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Angela: So sorry for your loss. She was a great woman. I hope you feel a bit better. Kisses from Spain.
Apr 22, 2018 23:34:43 GMT 9
Mayken: We visited a Loire Valley château yesterday. Our daughter got a kids' activity booklet and we parents got the regular tour booklet in French. She asked for one in German (our ml). When I later asked her why, she said "Because I'm a German-speaker!"
Apr 23, 2018 23:23:36 GMT 9
Nellie: Haha love it Mayken! The best thing is - she is right!
Apr 24, 2018 5:45:09 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter's ml homework for this week included baking a cake - there's a cake in the story they read, and after each chapter there are questions and tasks, and the current chapter has the step-by-step recipe. She's to bring the cake to school too.
May 1, 2018 23:48:48 GMT 9
Amy: What a nice original homework! Makes such a change from standard homework, and I wouldn't be surprised if kids remember more from it! I like your bilingual school Mayken! Lucky little girl, and lucky Mummy!
May 2, 2018 0:00:43 GMT 9
Mayken: ml cake homework update: About half the class brought cake (8 out of 15), not all of them were the cake from the book recipe, but my daughter's was the most popular. (Maybe because we added food colouring and topped it with chocolate icing and smarties?)
May 4, 2018 5:58:10 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Cake is definitely my favorite kind of homework!
May 4, 2018 11:28:51 GMT 9
Jana: One of the best parts of having kids in bilingual school was getting Mother's Day cards in two languages! (With less-than-perfect spelling in both!) Ha!
May 15, 2018 9:16:08 GMT 9
Amy: (Twice) Lucky you Jana! So nice to read exciting pieces of news like yours!
May 16, 2018 5:46:25 GMT 9
Mayken: I still have that to look forward to, Jana! Mother's Day in our ML country is two weeks later, and the ml teacher goes along with that date. (It was last Sunday in our ml country.)
May 16, 2018 5:58:11 GMT 9
Flir: Adam, uh oh. Time waits for no one. I'm very sorry to hear that. Stay strong man, your kids are looking up to you to give them as much as your parents gave you once. Best wishes.
May 24, 2018 20:11:03 GMT 9