This is my first post here and it might be a bit all over the place. I have just been binge-reading Raquel’s posts and have related to her experience at so many levels. I’m Connie and I live in Madrid. I speak in English to my 2.5-year-old son while hubby speaks Spanish. I’m worried that once my son really notices that not many people understand him, he might stop speaking in English. (This afternoon he kept saying to another kid at the playground “Look, a stone” and getting a blank stare.)
Next year he will be going to a "bilingual school" which only offers 2 hours of English for the first 2 years. I think I’m going to have to be more dedicated in this process. (Another shout-out to Raquel for such inspiring record-keeping!)
I’m definitely going to be coming back here more often for ideas and hope to meet people in the same bilingual boat.
Your son will notice that others don't speak your ml (English). But you can counter this by organising play dates with other little ml speakers. Bumping into ml speakers on the street and playing with other bilingual kids has helped my own daughter accept the fact she is trilingual...and to use her 2 mls.
You might want to get in contact with Raquel for tips and ideas for activities for little English speakers in Madrid...
Do come back and visit us, we love discussing all these topics monolingual parents don't really understand.
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Hi Connie, welcome!! I'm glad you could relate to some of the things I posted on my thread. This sometimes feels like a lonely journey and it's so nice to meet other parents who are doing the same thing we are!!
I'm sending you a Private Message to discuss what to do here in Madrid.
Connie, welcome! It sounds like your early efforts are producing happy progress. As long as you can sustain these efforts--while fortifying or modifying them when needed--you'll surely continue to experience gradual success over time.
Yes, Raquel can definitely be an important source of ideas and inspiration for your bilingual journey! I hope that connection is very fruitful!
And I hope to hear good news from you as time goes by!
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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
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