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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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