My goal is to teach my son (who is now 16 mo) English.
We live in Italy and I'm the only English speaking person around, plus Peppa Pig (we have a Peppa Pig craze over here so I bought the DVD's in English).
I started my journey on the 1st of September with a half an hour a day of English time plus cartoons.
I tried reading to him the same books I read in Italian, but he associated the pictures with Italian so it wasn't efficient.
I found on the internet free printables with farm animals, wild animals, cars and different times of food, printed them and glued them on thick paper. These were new images for words he already knew but he didn't name them in Italian, he listened to me name them in English.
Now he repeats some of the words after I name them. His favorite words are "car", "truck", "ship" and "duck".
First of all I want to thank you Adam for your effort in creating this amazing place. If only I had found it earlier.
My story goes a bit like this: I'm Romanian living in Italy for the last 5 years. I speak Italian very well, but my big love is English.
I have a son, now 15 months old.
When our journey started (I had already discussed it with my partner and agreed upon) I wanted to try the OPOL approach with English and Italian, but when the time came I got discouraged because I was the only English speaker (he's babysit by my parents-in-law who speak only Italian and the dialect) and it seemed too difficult to me and I gave up.
Now he speaks tons in Italian (roughly 40 words or more).
I noticed he wasn't overly fazed with my parents speaking to him in Romanian (after the usual getting comfortable days little babies need naturally).
I'm hoping it's not too late to get him to be proficient in 2 languages and not only in Italian. However I'm not sure what method to apply. Obviously me going English on him point blank might be very difficult. Minority/majority language doesn't work for us since his father's English level is not as high as mine and he feels he couldn't communicate all his feelings.
After I read some of your advice I bought Peppa Pig's DVDs in English and started introducing a word or two when he's relaxed and playing. Today he said "car" or maybe I was imagining it.
Reading all these posts makes me feel guilty for not trying harder.
Once again I thank you for your effort in putting together this website and I'm looking forward to reading all about your little monkeys' journey.
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Adam Beck: Mayken, thank you for sharing my book! I hope it can be helpful to them!
Oct 16, 2017 15:57:32 GMT 9
Marisa: Adam, another bilingual monkey is about to be born near me (one of my colleagues is giving birth tomorrow), so I also got her and her husband a copy of your book... this world needs more bilingual kids!
Oct 18, 2017 0:06:43 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Many thanks, Marisa! In my humble opinion, more bilingual kids = more empathy in the world = a more peaceful planet.
Oct 18, 2017 7:33:04 GMT 9
Raquel: ^ Loved the Top-Secret Research studies!!
Oct 23, 2017 20:57:42 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Muchas gracias, Raquel!
Oct 24, 2017 5:24:58 GMT 9
Mayken: Me too! Can't decide which top secret file I'd want to get my hands on first!
Oct 26, 2017 4:44:55 GMT 9
Amy: ml1 extended week-end ahead with ml1 grandparents flying in tonight
Oct 28, 2017 4:31:57 GMT 9
Mayken: Follow-up on my daughter's visit at my old ml school: the headmistress suggested a penpal set-up between the class there and my daughter's class here. Let's see what my daughter's regular ml teacher says. I think that'd be cool. (The kids are in 2nd grade.
Oct 28, 2017 6:09:00 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Have a fun weekend, Amy! And Mayken, that sounds like a great idea! Cheers to you both, and to all!
Oct 28, 2017 7:18:43 GMT 9