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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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
Adam Beck: NEW! Something Strange Happened 2 Days After We Moved into Our New House (And Its Significance to Change and Transformation on the Bilingual Journey)buff.ly/2ww8WDD
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