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.
Veda L: A happy belated new year to all keepers! Any quick tips on how to edit profile (kids’ ages etc)? I’ve fumbled about with no luck. Thanks!
Jan 9, 2019 23:58:17 GMT 9
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